Words and their Usage

Death of the Media

There are big changes at the AP! They’ve decided that Homophobia and Ethnic-Cleansing are words to not use:

“Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don’t feel that’s quite accurate,” said AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn… “Homophobia especially — it’s just off the mark. It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”

Got that? So the noun (phobia) and the suffix (-phobia) are interchangeable in their minds.
Here’s a quick lesson to help them sharpen their skills:

The anti-gay boss fires the gay guy, the homophobe kills him.

We hope that clears up any ambiguity, Mr. AP.

Anyway, the new AP Style Book comes out in 2013.

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0 Responses to Words and their Usage

  1. joesdaughter says:

    “pretty violent” OK, pretty can mean a large amount, but it is a weak, if not silly, modifier considering the context.


  2. I’m not known for my adherence to PC norms, and am sometimes deemed “offensive” for my word choice. My position is this: being “nice” has gotten us Progressives SERVED since The Reicht began employing lexicographers and psychologists to shape their think-tank messaging.

    I’m not playing that game. I call bigots by their name, spineless pussies by their defining attributes, and liars, LIARS.

    I have two daughters and a Daughter-in-Law, and will continue to call homophobic bigots by their defining characteristic at every opportunity, with absolutely no compunction to treat them with kid gloves.



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