- Newspapers have style guides that counsel their reporters in style and usage. (Not every publication relies on AP Style.) The New York Times, for instance, not only has an in-house style guide but you can buy it on Amazon or in your local bookstore. The Washington Times, with a new editor in the corner office, recently updated its style guide. Some of these updates include:
“Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual…”
“The quotation marks will come off gay marriage”
“We will use illegal immigrants, not illegal aliens”
Welcome to the 21st century.
- Next Tuesday, March 4, is (apparently) National Grammar Day, sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Having just joined a group on Facebook called “I judge you when you use poor grammar,” which has 243,480 members, I’m kind of interested in this. Read a pretty funny story about it in the Chicago Tribune (the day's founder even dumps on Elvis Presley for singing "I'm all shook up" instead of "all shaken up"). By the way, I not only don't hate, but I don't judge others when it comes to grammar. Seriously, I'm not that kind of guy.