That virtue-signaling paragon of writing excellence, the AP Stylebook, recently tweeted: “We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing ‘the’ labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.” (But never write or say, “the people with mental illnesses,” as that would be offensive!)
You know you’ve gone too far down a road that ought not have been traveled when the word “the” is verboten. The AP Stylebook is now to language as Michael Moore is to NASCAR racing.
The Ap Stylebook’s advice is mindful of a comment Winston Churchill supposedly made when a young Foreign Office secretary-- who had the job of “vetting” the then Prime Minister’s peerless speeches-- decried the P.M.’s habit of ending sentences with prepositions. Churchill, tiring of the functionary’s didactic assaults on his magnificent writing and oratory, allegedly sent a “correction” back to the Foreign Office with a notation in red ink stating:
The woke abuse of the English language has gone too far. The word “the” is “dehumanizing?”
What the hell? How dumb are the folks at the AP Stylebook? This is the last straw!
And the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.