The latest edition of The Associated Press stylebook for 2016, published on June 1st, is cooking up a storm again.
So what’s new in the stew? Medjool dates, shawarma, soft-shell crab (not softshell nor softshelled nor soft-shelled crab, mind you), gochujang, egg rolls but eggnog and eggshell, pozole, beurre blanc; banh mi, Dagwood and PB&J sandwiches; kombucha, horchata, mezcal, boilermakers and mai tais, and the list goes on. Hungry, thirsty yet?
If you are not a foodie, have no fear – there’s more – techies can rejoice too. AP has also added darknet but dark web, emoticons, iOS, dashcam, WhatsApp, mirroring, Vimeo and so on. But topping the list are the major changes: internet (no longer Internet), voicemail (not voice mail) and now it’s the web (not Web) but rest assured, it’s still the World Wide Web.
Sprinkled in among the tasty and not so tasty are Zika, Aedes aegypti, microcephaly, the Norwegian lundehund, berger Picard and shiba inu breeds of dogs. And enter also normcore and chador – fashion, after a fashion.
And these are just the highlights … the list goes on. How can one remember all the details? No worries. Tansa has captured them all and will make sure you avoid a real snafu, which is now acceptable by the way, despite its humble (or rather, vulgar) beginnings.