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We don't use Dr. or any other title on second reference; just the last name. You could decide to deviate from our style, of course.

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Yes.

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Thanks for noting that; I see that indeed we have been inconsistent. The Stylebook team will address this. I don't have an answer right now. 

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We don't hyphenate those combinations.

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I'm not sure where you're seeing that. Could you point me to it? We do specify that state abbreviations should be used in most datelines, which are separate from the story text:

ABBREVIATIONS REQUIRED: Use the state abbreviations listed at the end of this section:
–In conjunction with the name of a city, town, village or military base in most datelines. See datelines for examples and exceptions for large cities.


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I'll see if the Religion chapter can be hyperlinked. It might not be possible to link an entire chapter. But it does still exist. You can find it in the View by Chapter > Other Chapters dropdown box.

It's certainly fine to refer to a priest as Father in conversation or informal writing. The formal style is to use the title the Rev.

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Now I can't get that image out of my head. Yet another example of fun with the language. The Stylebook's official dictionary, Webster's New World College Dictionary, also styles it pickup for all uses (at least, as many uses as the dictionary editors could think of). We defer to them on this matter. The full dictionary entry is below, for those interested in the many ways pickup can be used:

 pick•up 

 (pik´up) n. 1 the act of picking up, as in fielding a rapidly rolling baseball 2 the process or power of increasing in speed; acceleration ☆3 a small, open truck with low sides, for hauling light loads: in full pickup truck 4 [Informal] a) the act of making the acquaintance of a stranger in a quick and flirtatious way with the hope of a romantic or sexual encounter b) a person with whom such an acquaintance is formed ☆5 [Informal] improvement or recovery, as in trade ☆6 [Informal] a) a stimulant; bracer b) stimulation 7 a) in an electric phonograph, a device that produces audio-frequency currents from the vibrations of a needle or stylus moving in a record groove b) the pivoted arm holding this device 8 a) the reception of sound or light for conversion into electrical energy in the transmitter b) the apparatus used for this c) any place outside a studio where a broadcast originates d) the electrical system connecting this place to the broadcasting station 9 a small microphone attached to a vibrating surface, as in an electric guitar –adj. [Informal] 1 assembled informally for a single engagement, contest, etc. [a pickup jazz band or baseball team] 2 of a game or job performed or played by those assembled in this way 3 designating a window at a restaurant where prepared food can be bought by customers in cars 

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Much in English language and usage (and, I assume, other languages and usages) isn't entirely logical or consistent. In many cases, our style reflects how usage has evolved. Carmaker and automaker evolved in that style, as one word with no hyphen, and are listed that way in our official dictionary (Webster's New World College Dictionary). So we have adopted that style for those words. Same with policymaker, boilermaker, filmmaker, winemaker, among others. Other -maker creations haven't evolved that way. For those, we follow the style of our -maker entry and the version used by Webster's. Rest assured, when we figure out a way to make the language and usage entirely consistent both within one country and across many countries using versions of the same language, we'll update the Stylebook accordingly.

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Really, it has to be rephrased. That's the only way to be clear to readers and not create some crazy punctuation just because the writer doesn't want to recast it.

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The guidance remains the same; the entry itself has been moved to the internal AP section of the Stylebook.

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It should be deal-making and deal-maker. Thanks for asking.

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The way you have it works.

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Yes, your interpretation is correct and so is your reasoning about this example. The phrase pain management is pretty common, and you can consider it a noun phrase with no need of hyphen. It's understood without a hyphen, and there's little chance of confusion without the hyphen. 

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If possible, rewrite to: People in Georgia who find themselves in such a situation ...

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AP style is to use parentheses, not brackets. If your newspaper prefers to use brackets, that's certainly a choice that you folks can make. 

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It might depend on the context; I suppose there are some situations in which quotation marks would be appropriate. But it's a valid word on its own. Here's the dictionary entry:

 en•ti•tle•ment

 (-mənt) n.  1 the condition or state of being entitled 2 something to which a person is entitled; specif., any of various benefits provided to qualifying persons under certain government programs, as Medicare 

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AP has an internal style; it's not part of the main Stylebook because organizations typically adopt their own style, tone, approach, etc.

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Presumably you mean arrangements, plural. So it would be: Custody arrangements usually aren't all or nothing.


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Here's the entry:
 like, as 
 Use like as a preposition to compare nouns and pronouns. It requires an object: Jim blocks like a pro.
The conjunction as is the correct word to introduce clauses: Jim blocks the linebacker as he should.

Of course, in common usage, like often is used as you show in the first three examples. It's up to you whether you want to wiggle.

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Yes.

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We would use a hyphen in those constructions, assuming the reference is relevant to the story. 

Question from Sacramento, CA on April 17, 2018

Is it eastern Sierra or Eastern Sierra?

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Lowercase eastern: eastern Sierra.

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Either phrasing is OK.

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No need for the colon. It's not wrong, but it's also not needed.

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Yes, I'd say you are correct.

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