Latest word to be banned, at least by CNN anchor John King, is the long-used crosshairs, notes Grumpy Editor.
The term has been used over the years to cite someone who is at the center of attention or, on the scientific side, fine strands of wire crossed in the focus of an eyepiece of an optical instrument used as a calibration or sighting reference.
The banning comes in the aftermath of this month’s Tucson shootings.
About 19 minutes after a Tuesday interview, King faced TV cameras declaring:
“Before we go to break, I want to make a quick point. We were just having a discussion about the Chicago mayoral race. Just a moment ago, my friend Andy Shaw, who now works for a good government group out there, used the term 'in the crosshairs,' in talking about the candidates out there. We're trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend. He's covered politics for a long time, but we're trying to get away from using that kind of language. We won't always be perfect. So, hold us accountable when we don't meet your standards.”
Will business writers be muffled for using “target” earnings or “aimed at” new customers when referring to corporate developments?
Will those seeking employment get reprimanded for saying they’re “taking a shot at” new positions?
Will politicians be scolded for “blasting” opponents in speeches?
And will local newspaper editors be rebuked for declaring the city council budget is “under fire?”