Four words in, the first flag goes up. The AP Stylebook makes a minor change in one entry, one that the editors themselves present as being of small consequence, and it is an emotional issue? So we prepare ourselves for an argument marked by exaggeration, lack of proportion.
Is nothing sacred? I fumed. My college journalism courses were filled with professors drilling the difference into our heads. Style determines what makes something further or farther, an implication or an inference. Without it, the world turns into a Lord of the Flies-esque dystopia.
Anyone who gets a degree in the sciences or technical fields expects that new information will change what one was originally taught, especially as empirical evidence is developed. But, as we will see, empirical evidence cuts no ice with such people on points of English usage.
But in this case, the update was not made to keep up with cultural relevancy (like the AP's addition of YOLO or selfie, as mentioned above).