So, what started out as a simple no-brainer article written for a few bucks in order to make enough money freelance writing online to beat out my income from freelance writing offline for the first time, turned out to be an Adventure in AP Style.
BlackBerries On Airplanes
I can’t honestly tell you what the site wants with the article, but that isn’t my part of the puzzle. I just write the high-quality content, they pick the topic.
The article is on taking a BlackBerry onto an airplane and the possibility of its use and the reasons / regulations for why you should not use it on said Airplane.
- BlackBerry or Black Berry or Blackberry and, then the plural
- Carry on (as in the bag, not moving forward) or carry-on (definitely not carrion 🙂
- GPS – Do I have to start with Global Positioning Satellite, GPS or is GPS clear enough to warrant an exception to the normal rule regarding spelling out an acronym the first time before being able to use the acronym without explanation the rest of the piece
- Cellphone – Why is spell check freaking out?
The Associated Press Stylebook comes through without explanation on most points.
- It’s BlackBerry (a nod to the trademarked brand name, no doubt.)
- It’s carry-on (no explanation)
- GPS is fine to use without first spelling out. (Also note that GPS then the next word is lower case i.e. GPS radio)
- And Cellphone is deemed ok by the AP Styleguide as an “exception to Webster’s.” AP Style has spoken.
About BlackBerry On Airplanes
If you are wondering:
- Might work, but probably not.
- Because the speed of the airplane in flight would cause the BlackBerry to switch cell towers too quickly
- BlackBerry communications may be different than cellphone communications in programming, but they are the same thing radio wave interference wise.
- It’s illegal twice (once because it is illegal, and twice because it is illegal to disregard crew member instructions and they tell you to turn it off)
Hope everyone has a profitable and fun April.