Thursday, April 21, 2005

When slang goes mainstream

Which is more entertaining: A CNN reporter overhearing the chairman of the House Resources Committee calling hydrogen fuel research "bulls---,"* or CNN.com using the word "disses" in the headline for a story about the incident?

*Edited to preserve my tax-exempt "family blog" status.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I was running CNN.com, that's a firing I get to do today.

-WN

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the AP Stylebook:

Dis - American slang for "disrespect." Acceptable for use as a verb on first reference.

Oh, it's true...no need to look it up. Really.

J.B.G.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Nick Beadle said...

"Dis - American slang for "disrespect." Acceptable for use as a verb on first reference."

This is bulls---!

This message paid for by the Alabama Republican Party, motherf---er.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AP style or not, the headline was still stupid. What, was Tiff running the place?


-WN

10:53 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love how language evolves. It irritates us at the time but seems perfectly normal down the road.

4:18 PM  

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