The AP Stylebook issued an update yesterday. I subscribe to their online edition and refer to it frequently for professional writing assignments (unlike this blog which follows no established style book and is often just a random stream of badly formed words coming from my brain).
I was struck by one of the updates. Here it is for your reference:
Do not refer to the child of unmarried parents as illegitimate. If it is pertinent to the story, at all, use an expression such as whose mother was not married, whose parents were not married or was born to an unmarried teenager.”
Thoughts? Do we like this new language or not?
I appreciate the suggestion “if it is pertinent, at all” but still struggle with the possible need to call out the marital status of a parent or the fact that the parent is a teenager. Wondering when that information would be pertinent?