I love style guides and think they are important for the future of the newspaper industry. A newspaper should not make sweeping statements or use colloquial terminology; I look to newspapers for the facts and to blogs for interpretation.
That said, style guides are always an amusing read. Today I stumbled across the Telegraph’s style guide and couldn’t resist a peek at their list of banned words. Here are a few of my favourites:
- boardroom antics
- bubbly (both for champagne and young women)
- budget airline
- come out (for homosexual and lesbian people)
- disgraced managers, innocent victims and all their tribe are out
- frail grannies
- perverted Scout leaders
Best of all, the words ‘toff’ and ‘Europhobe’ are also banned from the Telegraph. I wonder why…!