Bogus degrees, mutilations and mics
It’s a blessed relief to get back to work and get some rest after a family beach vacation.
Now to see what we find in the papers.
There’s an article in The Sun about a company that has been issuing bogus college diplomas, with a reference in the headline to a phony diploma mill. A diploma mill is, by definition, phony, because its degrees are either outright frauds or worthless.
A wire service article a couple of days ago referred to female circumcision, which a colleague tells me is a term to be avoided:
That term fell out of favor in the '70s, and "female genital mutilation," "female genital cutting" or "cutting" in later references are the current preferred terms (by most). … What's being done to these women is nowhere near the equivalent of male circumcision, and though some prefer the circumcision term for cultural reasons, I think it sanitizes what's happening. I think the complicated language can be dealt with in stories, something like, "which is also referred to as female circumcision," while preferring the other terms.
Another note from a colleague urges me to make one of my arbitrary rulings:
I think we need a ruling on open-mic versus open-mike. I hate the way mic looks and always mentally pronounce it "mick." But I consistently get "open-mic" coming over to me in copy, so I think I must be wrong. The dictionary has both.
I, too, despise mic, but I sense that it has been widely adopted by the young and with-it, damn their eyes. What do you think? if you are reading this blog, you are obviously a person of high intellect, taste and discernment. Weigh in on the comments.