AP Style: Labor Day food terms to know

Labor Day was founded to celebrate the labor movement, which evolved over several years in the late 1800s. Picnics and parades were often held in support of shorter hours, higher wages and worker strikes.

The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 in New York City and it was then adopted by various individual states until it was ratified by the U.S. Congress in 1894. Since then, it’s celebrated annually on the first Monday in September, when many businesses close.

Considered the end of summer (though the astrological end of summer this year is Sept. 22), for many, it might be the last occasion to take a summer trip or enjoy a barbecue.

Here are some AP style food terms that you might see this Labor Day:

barbecue — note the spelling.

bread-and-butter pickles — note the hyphens.

Dr Pepper — with no period.

french fries — this one’s misleading. Lowercase the “f,” as it refers to the style of cut, not the nation.

hot dog — with two words.

Jell-O — just like the jingle, with a hyphen.

medium-rare — to describe how long a piece of meat has been cooked. Note the hyphen.

Tabasco — a trademarked hot sauce.

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