This I Must Accept—Rules are Rules for a Reason
I was annoyed because I was wrong. I used “says” in my peer profile and not “said.” In all actuality, I did use “said” the first time I wrote it. Then as I was revising it before I turned it in to Google documents, I remembered that news articles are meant to seem immediate so that they seem more real and important to the reader, so I went back through and changed them to “says.” Then we went over the copyediting tips and it said to use “said.” Therefore, I fumed over the contradictory nature of news writing.
Just as I was beginning to get over it, I read Angela’s
blog. She commented, “These rules were
just created by some people sitting around a table deciding what is and is not
standard for our language/writing.” This
got me thinking, who did make these rules exactly and who made them the
A few blogs later, I read Josie’s blog. She wrote, “One reason for the necessity of AP Style procedures is uniformity.” Now, I did realize this. I knew what the rules were for and why they were created, but sometimes I just need a little reminder. The rules do exist for a purpose and some of them even actually make sense. Using Angela’s relation to Linguistics, there is no reason that words should be spelled how they are other than that we decided they would be spelled that way. However, if we had no decided on a “correct” spelling things would be much more confusing. These news writing rules can be viewed the same way. Sure, we could do many things in different manners, but it would be much more confusing if we did not have a set way to do it.