AP Style Versus

AP Style holds that you should spell out “versus” in ordinary speech and writing. For example,

  • The proposal to revamp Social Security versus proposals to reform Social Security and Medicare at the same time.

In short expressions, however, the abbreviation “vs.” is permitted. For example,

  • The issue of gun rights vs. public safety has been with us for some time.

For court cases, use “v:” for example,

  • Marbury v. Madison was a landmark case.

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