Ready to lowercase ‘internet’ and ‘web’
The changes will take effect when the new print edition of the Stylebook is published on June 1.
prostitute – Avoid terms like child, underage or teenage prostitute, except in quotations or in referring to criminal charges that may use these terms. The phrasing can suggest that a child is voluntarily trading sex for money. Minors are not able to consent.
exponential growth – Used when something has grown by increasing amounts. For instance, a population might increase by 5 percent from 1980 to 1990, 10 percent from 1990 to 2000 and 15 percent from 2000 to 2010. Not simply a synonym for a large increase.
accident, crash – Generally acceptable for automobile and other collisions and wrecks. However, when negligence is claimed or proven, avoid accident, which can be read by some as a term exonerating the person responsible. In such cases, use crash, collision or other terms. See collide, collision.
L – The name of the Chicago train system. Not El.
mezcal – Clear liquor from Mexico made from a variety of agave plants.
Uniqlo– A Japanese retailer of casual wear.
normcore– A fashion trend that combines “normal” and “hardcore” and is characterized by unpretentious, unisex, average dressing.
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