The Recession, Associated Press Style

By Rachel Kaufman Comment

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Before there was Twitter to take the nation’s zeitgeist, we (or at least journalists) had the Associated Press stylebook.

Those who subscribe to the online version can opt to get e-mail alerts whenever the stylebook updates a word or phrase.

In November of last year, for example, the stylebook updated “collateralized debt obligations” with a definition. Shortly after, we got definitions for “derivative,” “home equity line of credit,” and “LIBOR.” Even if you were living under a cave you’d have known something was up in our markets, right?

Now AP’s sending out notices that seem to hit a little closer to home. Yesterday’s update? “Carpool.”

(In case you were curious: it’s one word when it’s a verb, but two when it’s a noun.)