Saturday, November 10, 2007

Style guide influenced by IM?

This is an actual headline in the former US "paper of record" today: Rudy and Bernie, B.F.F.

Gail Collins makes some good points, but since when did chat room abbrev. become acceptable in that newspaper's style guide? This is just getting sloppy and is a rather low water mark for the Old Gray Lady. After all, there may be some readers who may not be entirely acquainted with instant messaging lingo -- even if they do read the paper online.

The paper makes a billion a year in ad revenue. How much ink and bandwidth would they have wasted spelling out the words Best Friends Forever?

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