I’ll take a minute and let you recover. I know, I know…you thought I was all-knowing. Alas, that is not the case.
In May of last year, I wrote this post. In part of the post, unbelievable as it may be, I get on the media about their use of the word “accident”. Earlier this week, I received a comment from what I think is a new reader, Lee. Lee had a knowledge bomb to drop…if you listen you can hear the whistling coming from above…
“…the manual that journalists generally rely on when writing articles is called the Associated Press Stylebook. It’s like a cross between a dictionary and a grammar encyclopedia, and its supposed to trump all other manuals. Anyhow, this is the entry on “collision” in the AP Stylebook: “Two objects must be in motion before they can collide. A moving train cannot collide with a stopped train.” In other words, a journalist is not allowed to use the word “collision” in the same way as the police and the general public use it.”
I was very impressed not with just Lee’s comment, but the way in which it was expressed. Thanks, Lee, for taking the time to comment and I truly appreciate the heads up.
Although, now I have to find something different to bitch about regarding the media. Just when you get comfy in your bitchiosity. Is that in the AP stylebook? See, they don’t know everything either!