The Language of Crime
Last week was a tough one in the US. Although we shouldn’t forget the crimes, some readers asked me to address language issues that came up in the news coverage.
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Last week was a tough one in the US because there was so much crime and bad news. We had the Boston Marathon bombings, the subsequent violent manhunt, the ricin mailings, and an explosion at a Texas fertilizer factory.
Although the language issues seem minor compared to the tragedies we watched unfold, there were some interesting things that came up and some readers specifically asked me to address them.
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AP Stylebook: Guiding Reporters Since 1953
First, it’s a great opportunity to talk about the importance and meaning of the words “alleged” and “suspect.” Dean McGee on Twitter asked me about those kind of words.
@grammargirl I'd love for you to do an analysis of "suspect", "alleged", "person of interest", etc.— Dean McGee (@deano42) April 19, 2013
As I mentioned in last week’s show about style guides, the AP Stylebook published by the Associated Press is the best style guide for news reporters, and as I expected, the AP Stylebook has great entries on “alleged” and “suspect” and defamation in general.
Next: "Alleged" and "Suspect"