The Associated Press announced in its blog that it will be ditching the terms "illegal immigrant" and "illegal alien" and instead use the term "person living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission."
We suspect someone over there is getting paid per word, but the reason AP gives is that:
[W]e had in other areas been ridding the Stylebook of labels. The new section on mental health issues argues for using credibly sourced diagnoses instead of labels. Saying someone was “diagnosed with schizophrenia” instead of schizophrenic, for example.
And that discussion about labeling people, instead of behavior, led us back to “illegal immigrant” again.
In keeping with this trend of labeling actions rather than people, here are some new terms we expect all proper-minded progressives to follow, er... sorry. People who think in the proper, progressive fashion.
"Criminal" is now "a person who has committed or been convicted of a criminal offense."
"Lawyer" is now "a person who is licensed or engages in the practice of law."
"Reporter" is now "a person who reports."
"Professional athlete" is now "a person who engages in athletic activities for profit."
"Same sex couple" is now "two people of the same sex who have entered into a mutual relationship."
"Software pirate" is now "a person who engages in the exchange of software or other electronic media illegally or without legal permission."
And of course, "blowhard" is now "a person who blows hard."