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The Gray Lady won't give in
2008-07-08 09:09
by Bob Timmermann

According to the New York Times, the newest pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers is still "C.C. Sabathia."

However, the Times isn't changing the spelling as it comes out over the AP wire.

In this story about Ryan Church, Omar Minaya is quoted as saying that the Mets may (about Church) "D.L. him." But they have to wait for "CT scans."

Sigh, if I only used my powers for good, and not pedantry.

2008-07-08 09:25:31
1.   JL25and3
When did "CAT scans" become "CT scans," anyway?
2008-07-08 09:28:14
2.   dianagramr

When the A.S.P.C.A. (or ASPCA ?) got involved?

2008-07-08 09:29:00
3.   JL25and3
Damn, I should check Wikipedia first. turns out an axial scan is only one kind of computerized tomography, one of many.
2008-07-08 09:37:31
4.   Bob Timmermann
In the NYT, it's the former.

2008-07-08 10:25:39
5.   fanerman
Why are news services called wire services? Is there an actual physical wire involved? Was there?
2008-07-08 10:35:29
6.   Shaun P
5 Yes, I believe it was due to the telegraph wires that they used to transmit the news.
2008-07-08 10:38:25
7.   jmoney
When reporters used to send in their stories, they would "wire" them in. Sort of how if you used Western Union you would "wire" someone money. As Shaun said, I believe it was due to telegraph wires.
2008-07-08 11:13:19
8.   110phil
Does the NYT have a policy on things like this, where the subject asks to be called something that varies from the style book?

I remember reading that they were very late in calling women "Ms.", so their attitude might be that they just don't give a crap what CC wants, they're doing it their way.

2008-07-08 11:37:01
9.   JL25and3
8 Which seems perfectly appropriate to me.
2008-07-08 11:49:22
10.   Bob Timmermann
The NYT has its style book and it takes precedence over what a person says in almost every case.

There is a story in the Times about Olbermann and Patrick which features "N.B.A." and "NBC" and "ESPN" and "N.F.L."

ESPN doesn't get periods because the letters don't stand for anything anymore. I could find out when NBC lost its periods if I were so inclined.

I'm not.

2008-07-08 12:35:25
11.   scareduck
1 - I don't know, but a similar shift occurred on nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI), which lost the N some time ago. Of course, the funny thing is that it was done largely due to public squeamishness with anything nuclear; in fact, the emphasis should have always been on "magnetic", because the effect is on the atomic electron shells rather than on the subjects' atomic nuclei.
2008-07-08 12:55:35
12.   Bob Timmermann

Daily Yomiuri Headline

According to Babelfish:
Kuroda with 1 hit blockades 5 victory eyes

2008-07-08 13:51:55
13.   Travis08
10 It looks to be sometime in the late 1960's-early 1970's, but the occasional "N.B.C." slipped through later, as in this headline:

"Pryor Protests N.B.C. Censorship" - September 13, 1977.

2008-07-08 16:56:01
14.   JL25and3
8 Is it possible that the National Broadcasting Corporation no longer exists under that name? I don't know, just wondering.
2008-07-08 17:01:29
15.   Bob Timmermann
Actually, you appear to be correct. The corporate website just uses NBC or NBC Universal.

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