It’s June 1, and the AP has officially released its 2016 AP Stylebook, which has a number of changes to existing terms, as well as the addition of many new terms.
For those still anxiously awaiting their hard copy, we’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be some of the most notable changes or new terms to be included in this year’s edition.
web Lowercase. Also “website,” “webcam,” “webcast,” “webfeed,” “webmaster,” “webpage.” Note “web address” and “web browser” though.
kombucha A fermented, slightly effervescent tea beverage that can contain trace amounts of alcohol.
PB&J Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Mason jar A glass jar used to preserve food. Named for John Mason, who patented a system of jars and self-sealing zinc lids in 1858. “Canning jar” is the preferred generic term.
iOS The operating system used in many Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad. Use “IOS” when the word starts a sentence or headline.
online petitions Be cautious about quoting the number of signers on such petitions. Some sites make it easy for the person creating the petition or others to run up the number of purported signers by clicking or returning to the page multiple times.
transvestite Preferred term is “cross-dresser”
global warming To describe those who don’t accept climate science or dispute that the world is warming from man-made forces, use “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.” Avoid use of “skeptics” or “deniers.”
Garbanzo bean Preferred term is “chickpea”
prostitute Avoid terms such as “child,” “underage” or “teenage prostitute,” except in quotations or when referring to criminal charges that may use these terms. The phrasing can suggest that a child is voluntarily trading sex for money. Minors are not able to consent.