The AP Style Guide has updated a grammar rule and caused an outcry on Twitter. According to the new rule, "over" is acceptable to mean "more than," which strict grammarians won't accept.
A 2011 Inkhouse post explains the previous distinction:
"More than, over. More than is preferred with numbers, while over generally refers to spatial elements. The company has more than 25 employees; The cow jumped over the moon."
AP Stylebook explained the decision:
"We decided on the change because it has become common usage. We're not dictating that people use ‘over' – only that they may use it as well as ‘more than' to indicate greater numerical value."
- What would you rather do: eat glass or use "over" interchangeably with "more than"?
- Seriously, what do you think inspires this outrage? In what ways is it justified-or not?
- To me, these tweets are extraordinarily funny. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that's the case?