Friday, December 06, 2013

AP Style - death to euphemisms for death

It's kind of sad, really, that AP had to put out this update to its stylebook this week:

death, die: Don't use euphemisms like passed on or passed away except in a direct quote. 

Maybe we can now work on that phrase that's become trendy among a lot of TV reporters: We reached out to xxxxx for comment ...

I guess "asked" is too complicated.

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At 1/10/14, 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Reached out to" sounds like corporate focus group language. I also hate it.

At 2/13/14, 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying I like it, but I think "reached out" is used to imply that, gosh, the reporter really tried to get that person's side of the story .... If there was no comment, it wasn't the reporter's fault. After all, he/she DID reach out! :)

At 2/13/14, 2:54 PM, Blogger Doug said...

And if they actually "reached out" and touched that source, they can change their name to AT&T.


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