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My Personal Blog or an AP Styleguide?
11/21/2003

John Cole links to an AP article that contains the following sentence:

The brazen, coordinated strikes at some of Baghdad's most heavily protected civilian sites defied a U.S. crackdown.

Now, compare that to this sentence from an AP account of a previous attack:

But the bold blow at the heart of the U.S. presence here clearly rattled U.S. confidence that it is defeating Iraq's shadowy insurgents.

Note the difference in language? What made me notice the former sentence was that I complained of the latter sentence when I first came across it, rewriting it thus:

The brazen blow at the heart of the U.S. presence here clearly affected U.S. confidence about the rate at which it is defeating Iraq's underground insurgents.

I know, I know, I can't take credit for every switch to the use of the word "brazen." But I can imagine, can't I?

Posted by Justin Katz @ 02:24 PM EST