Don’t be like mike

What is the better short form for “microphone” — “mike” or “mic”? The AP prefers the former, and that seems to be the consensus in a recent discussion at the American Copy Editors Society site.

I appreciate the arguments of the “mike” advocates. “Mic” seems more contemporary, however, and “mike” reminds me of old Hardy Boys books that refer to blue jeans as “dungarees.”

“Mic” would have been handy in this headline, which probably made some readers wonder: “Who’s Mike?”