Please, no wagering
Now this comes over the transom:
Please settle a lunch bet. Is it better or is there a difference between using the words "some or about." For example, what is correct? "About 24 journalists were injured in Egypt" or "Some 24 journalists were injured in Egypt."
I see AP uses about and Reuters uses some.
What do you suggest?
I suggest a look at Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, which says that some in the sense of about as an adverb with a number is entirely conventional. However, that conventional use is with a round number, to suggest approximation rather than precision.
Some commentators, such as Theodore Bernstein, M-W points out, have objected to some with specific numbers, as in the instance above. This, I think, explains why some editors, with their inherent proclivity to make law out of guidelines, object to some in place of about with all numbers.
I can’t say that the usage bothers me much in either instance, and I suggest that the point is not worth spoiling anyone’s digestion.