Lingofy has paired the AP Stylebook with Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition, providing advanced proofing assistance for both spelling and style. AP Lingofy includes almost 5,000 AP Stylebook entries to address terminology in politics, economics, law, medicine, the internet and popular culture. With Webster’s as a foundation, it includes an additional 12,000 entries to manage spelling and usage from one of the world’s most trusted dictionaries. For our Associated Press style proofing, we wouldn’t trust any other dictionary to support our discerning writers and editors.
In the mid-1990s, a group of U.S. federal employees got the great idea that government communications should be easy to understand. They formed the Plain Language Action Network (PLAIN) and developed guidelines for writing that make it easier for readers to find relevant information, absorb that information and then make use of it. The network’s efforts eventually led to the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which put these reader-friendly ideas into law.
For over 150 years, first in print and now online, Webster’s Dictionary has been a trusted provider of language information in America. With some of the most rigorous requirements, dictionary staff carefully study trends and changes to U.S. English before changing this esteemed dictionary. Lingofy has been partnered with Webster’s since our start, relying on their highly-regarded decisions to inform many of our own style choices, from hyphenates to abbreviations to neologisms. Our linguists consistently look to Webster’s when making style and spelling decisions for our proofing tools.