Thursday, May 30, 2013

AP Style: Dumpster - nope, not a trademark

You no longer have to argue in the newsroom about whether "dumpster" is a trademark that should be capitalized or replaced with "trash bin" (thus losing the specific image associated with the name).

The AP's printed version of its 2013 stylebook is out (and always available online), and that reminds me of an addition from earlier this year that I forgot to mention: dumpster is now officially sanctioned as the genericized term for any such large metal trash bin.

Just the same, give a silent nod to the Dempster brothers whenever you use it (grin).


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4 Comments:

At 6/1/13, 11:40 AM, Blogger Brian Cubbison said...

George Dempster, former paperboy and train-hopping hobo, led quite a life. He'd make an excellent biography.

 
At 6/3/13, 5:16 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

Yes, he would. As with many inventions of that era, the inventors were as interesting as the inventions.

 
At 12/4/14, 11:14 AM, Blogger ccr said...

I'm confused. Are you saying dumpster is NOT a trademark? and should not be capitalized? I'm a court reporter and we're having a discussion about this one.

 
At 12/4/14, 11:17 AM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

AP has decided not to treat it as a trademark and to lowercase it.

 

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