Magazine article National Parks

End of an Era

Magazine article National Parks

End of an Era

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Readers who care deeply about grammar and style may have already stumbled across the satirical item that appeared in The Onion a few years ago: "Four more copy editors were killed this week amid ongoing violence between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style." The short story goes on to explain that "an innocent 35-year-old passerby who found himself caught up in a long-winded dispute over use of the serial, or Oxford, comma had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Well, after decades in The Chicago Manual camp, we are switching sides at the magazine. Starting with this issue, we are now officially part of the AP style gang. The serial comma, which we dutifully inserted for as long as anyone can remember, is a thing of the past.

Many of you won't notice the changes - a space here, a hyphen there - but the shift has left our editorial staff positively giddy. …

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