Last week, the world was thrown into a tizzy when the Associated Press announced that it would accept the use of “over” as a synonym to “more than” when referencing numerical values.
You may laugh, but for those of us in public relations and journalism, this is big news.The use of “more than” when talking about numbers is one of the first things many of us learned as we prepared for careers in public relations.
One thing is for sure: there is a public response to the decision. The debate on Twitter isn’t so much a debate as a one-sided pseudo-angry response.
Or maybe people really are angry.
Personally, I’ll continue to use “more than” exclusively, but it will be interesting to see this shift in how we use the term.
Tell us – are you going to exclusively use “more than” in the future? Or are you “over” the issue entirely?