The Post drops the ‘mike’ — and the hyphen in ‘e-mail’

When I announced these style changes, another Twitter user wrote, “wait, it’s 2015 and there are still people who write e-mail?” Not everyone is on Twitter, of course. For every online Post reader snickering at mike, there might be a longtime print subscriber baffled by mic. Because it would be impractical to edit each article separately for online and print audiences, we err on the conservative side. And, at the risk of inviting vigorous internal debate, I think The Washington Post, at least in hard-news stories, should read like the “publication of record” that it is. If I see a lead paragraph that would sound ridiculous in Walter Cronkite’s voice, that gives me pause. “POTUS got called out for walking back his pivot on the Grexit”? No. —The Washington Post

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