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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fake AP Stylebook Wins the Internet

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM

In response to yesterday's awful story about the AP memo referring to people in gay marriages as "couples or partners," the ever-delightful Fake AP Stylebook on Twitter has chimed in with a great, sarcastic "tip" for all the Fake Reporters who use Fake AP Style:


Here's something I shouldn't have to write in 2013: Separate-but-equal isn't equal.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
Obviously they depended on Wikipedia for this, whereas the world has changed.

Use "spouse", "husband", or "wife" as you would with different-sex married couples.

If polyamorous, ignore it, and just use the normal heterosexual convention of referring to a man, his wife, and his mistress; or refer to the third partner as a "family friend".
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM · Report this
biffp 2
My mom used to call them "alternative lifestylers." That seems a little easier than re-working for gender.
Posted by biffp on February 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM · Report this
r.chops 3
I will once again mention that don't think anyone read that memo correctly.
But never mind, because OUTRAGE!
Posted by r.chops on February 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM · Report this
r.chops 4
I will once again mention that I don't think anyone read that memo correctly.
But never mind, because OUTRAGE!
Posted by r.chops on February 13, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 5
I think "Concubine" needs to be brought back. Refer to your spouse as your concubine, it makes you sound royal.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
One of the things that keeps me from wanting to actually marry Mr. Vel-DuRay is the word "husband". It just sounds so corny/porny. Not as bad as "lover", but almost.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on February 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Wandergeist 7
@5: I've been using that word for years. "Corporate concubine" sounds so much better than "trophy wife" -- and covers a wider range of situations too. But I've been told that when it is a man who is being "kept" (by a financially-endowed woman or gay man) the term is "cockubine." Which isn't gender-neutral but is amusing.
Posted by Wandergeist on February 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
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@4: It's the Interwebs. You can't let taking the time to understand what is being said interfere with your outrage.
Posted by bigyaz on February 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM · Report this
AirBuddy 9
Any ideas on why Romenesko's site is doing a 404 on his original story?
Posted by AirBuddy on February 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM · Report this

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