An initial 4A N2...?

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Mon Jul 1 20:40:33 UTC 2002

Dave Wilton said, re the use of the terms _pot_ and _grass_ ('marijuana) in
the news media:

Given their strict editorial policies, one would expect that mainstream news
articles would be just about the last medium to be penetrated by a slang
term. Here we're seeing "pot" starting to make its way into them.

All the major media have editorial policies, though things still slip
through the editorial process.

I propose a different arena as "the last medium to be penetrated by a slang
term".  That would be language used by attorneys in courts of law, when
asking questions of witnesses.  Slang is avoided, or at least defined for
the record (if used in testimony) so that the reference is clear.

Frank Abate

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