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Time has come for "spokesperson"
Yesterday, when a story came across the desk with spokesperson in it and I let it go through, I checked the Associated Press Stylebook, and, sure enough, the fossil prohibition against the word is still in the 2011 edition. The editors might change their tune for the 2012 edition, but I doubt it. They cling lovingly to unexamined preferences.
By John E. McIntyre
March 23, 2012