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Jeggings and 7 Other Phrases That Need To Go

Each year the Associated Press Stylebook, the bible for journalists and their editors, puts out an updated edition to evolve alongside the changing times. This year's stylebook saw the inclusion of a lengthened fashion, broadcast and social media section. Similar to additions made to the dictionary, when the AP Stylebook adds a word or phrase in, that word has made its mark on our current culture's lexicon.

The new sections have been developed to "demystify" frequently used terms in fashion, define vocabulary often found in broadcasting and catalog terminology, as well as give "practical advice," that journalists can use when dealing with social media. Basically, the AP Styleguide has learned about this new fangled web 2.0, and since it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon, might as well recognize its existence. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Normally, I open my arms widely to old standards embracing new ones. Why shouldn't the AP Stylebook recognize current terminology, especially if it is being used on a regular basis? That was until I heard the report on NPR about what was being acknowledged as a "real word:" Jeggings.

The Associated Press Stylebook, often called the journalist's bible, is the media's go-to guide for things like grammar and punctuation. The book is often revised to keep up with vernacular, and its 2012 edition includes a chapter on fashion. In a Twitter chat this week, the AP decreed that it is OK to use the word jeggings to talk about the trendy hybrid of leggings and jeans. But they added that it is not OK to use the term jorts, as in jean shorts

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