While perhaps not demanding the response of Steve Martin’S character in “The Jerk” upon arrival of the new phone book, the latest edition of the Associated Press’ Stylebook always requires some attention in radio newsrooms.
The 2009 version of this industry standard has the traditional additions, updates and changes in everything from spellings and grammar to business information and sports terms to the Briefing on Media Law section.
Among new entries are Twitter, texting, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, Libor, recession-proof, reverse auction, securitization and solvency.
Of particular interest may be additions of entries on several Arabic terms such as hajj and hijab.
AP’s Stylebook Online also received an updating, including additional pronunciation keys.
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