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Transit's new one letter word

June 3, 2016

L define

From time to time, all of us have healthy disagreements at work.  It’s part of the job!  RTA Communications Director Susan Massel and I have long disagreed about how to write about CTA elevated trains.  She says it should be ‘L’ and I said it should be El (for elevated of course.).  As you can see, tempers can flare.

Today, we are both proven wrong.  As usual, it takes a journalist to find the truth. Robert Feder reported earlier this week that the Associated Press has made the final call.  It is, simply, L.

L define

Feder reports that among more than 240 new and modified entries, the just-released 2016 AP Stylebook formalizes “L” as the accepted spelling for the Chicago Transit Authority train system.

One more mystery solved.



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