Washington Times Changes Its “Style”

Jim Burroway

February 26th, 2008

The Washington Times recently hired  John Solomon as its editor-in-chief, and he’s beginning to make his mark. There’s a memo circulating in the blogosphere highlighting a few changes in that paper’s style guide. Of interest to us are points 2 and 3:

2) Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual, except in clinical references or references to sexual activity.

3) The quotation marks will come off gay marriage (preferred over homosexual marriage).

Which means we don’t have to call the Washington Times a “newspaper” anymore.

David

February 26th, 2008

I sent an e-mail to Patrick Tuohy, the author of the memo on the style changes.

About point 2 I said this:

“Although homosexual and heterosexual are macaronisms (they are Latin words modified by a Greek prefix), they have been long used in both clinical and everyday circumstances. I don’t understand the drive to replace the term “homosexual” with the slang term “gay,” especially since one of gay’s literal meanings is “licentious or wanton,” and that it is used in opposition to the word “straight” for “heterosexual,” with straight having among its non-slang meanings the following: “honest, honorable, or upright; right or correct; in the proper order or condition”; and among its other slang meanings: “normal, legal, or conforming; not perverted, illicit, or deviant.”

“I would remind you that there are non-slang, non-clinical terms that can be used: homophile and heterophile.”

werdna

February 28th, 2008

LOL. Thanks for keeping us focussed on the real issue: the unnatural mixing of Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes! Pay no mind to the findings of the illegtimate study which calls itself “sociology”, listen not to the complaints of those who call themselves “quadriplegics,” and avail yourself not of the benefits of so-called “biomedical” research, for these are but the poisoned fruit of careless marcaronism. Give no quarter, man.

David

February 28th, 2008

Thank you, werdna, for so gleefully MISSING the point.

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