By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blog
The Associated Press Stylebook removed their entry for the word, "collision" and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) whimsically inferred it to mean that the 65-year-old style English grammar style and usage guide (regarded as the gold-standard of news writing for people in journalism industry) had altered the laws of physics.
The annual updates to the AP style guide were announced last month and CJR reporter, Merrill Perlman, reporting from the 22nd annual American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference in Chicago, shared the news almost immediately.
Following up on the announcement, I spoke with Director of Media Relations, Lauren Easton who responded: "There is no AP definition of “collision.” There was previously an AP Stylebook entry on collision, but we removed it and noted that we were doing so: collide, collision The previous entry has been dropped."
Still worth noting is that fact that the previous AP definition of collision --the one that requires two bodies in motion to collide-- was dropped.
Could a creative Colorado attorney claim that a client's client's collision insurance is applicable even if the CC was flattened by a locomotive because witnesses claim that they stopped and stood still in order to take a Western themed selfie in front of a moving locomotive?
We'll leave that question to people with law degrees, personal injury and insurance claims litigation to sort out.
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