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CP Caps and Spelling

Proposed additions, 2018. See notes.

Right-wing politics

AfD
Alternativ für Deutschland
alpha, beta, gamma (male)
antifa
autogynephile, autogynephilic
based
bugman
chimp out, v.
chug, n.
civic nationalist, CivNat n.
coastal elite
converged, convergence
formerly single-mission enterprise that elevates diversity to a status equal to its ostensible mission
countersignal, n., v.
countersignalling, n.
cuck, n., v.
cucking out
cuckservative
dissident right
dogwhistle, v.
not hyphenated
echo, n., v.
surrounding names or usernames of real or suspected Jews with triple parentheses
88
the 88 words
not “88 words”
not eighty-eight words (even cap)
EGI
ethnic genetic interests
ethnostate
not hyphenated
Euro-Canadian
(‑)fag
productive affix belittling the root: morality-fag (v.), namefag
farstream, n.
fash, n.
fashy, adj.
e.g., fashy haircut
feminazi
FGM
female genital mutilation
1488
not 1,488, “1488”
1488ers
the 14 words
not fourteen words (and not cap)
Goodwhite (also Badwhite)
Great Replacement
grooming gang
use rape gang
HBD
human biodiversity
honour killing
identitarian
Identity Evropa
Identity Europa permissible for legibility, and to avoid taking orders on orthography from this group (cf. KISS, k.d. lang)
identity politics
indigenous (Britons)
the JQ
the Jewish Question
LARP, v., LARPing
live-action roleplaying, v.
typically used derisively (Naw, an Afrowop like that is only going to be LARPing as pro-European)
libtard
MAGA (hat)
Make America Great Again
majoritarian
manosphere
men’s-rights activist, MRA
pl. MRAs (no apostrophe)
MGTOW
Men Going Their Own Way (pronounced “migtau”)
misandry, misandric, misandrist
nationalist
nativist
neg, v.
no-go zone
normie
othering (also other, v.)
Overton window
PUA
pickup artist (generally not hyphenated)
progressive stack
race realist
rape jihad
rapefugee
Remainer (but Remoaner, Brexiteer)
redpill, v.
one word, no hyphen (as verb)
cf. bluepill, blackpill, whitepill
R-selection, K-selection
arguably take nonbreaking hyphen
Regressive Left
Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals
shitlib
shitlord, edgelord
shitpost
SJW
snowflake
soft genocide
soyboy
spurg out, v.
can be sperg out; as with biotch, this will take a while to settle down (or the spellings may remain in free variation)
Suidlanders (South Africa)
taqiyya
tradwife
trad‑ is a productive affix (cf. paleo‑)
trans trender
Tumblrina
2A
Second Amendment (U.S. Constitution)
unperson, v., n.
unthing, v., n.
V4, Viségrad (countries, Group)
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia
virtue-signal, v.
decide on virtue-signaling vs. virtue-signalling and stick to it (I vote the latter, but such usages are almost 50/50 in en‑CA)
vizmin
like Canuck, it’s casual, not pejorative
not viz min, vis min
vehicular jihad
White
White genocide

Left-wing politics

anti-racist (activist)
use in reference to opponents of such activists only if you can prove that those opponents describe themselves thus
cishet
cissexism, cissexist
decolonize, v.
dogwhistle, v.
gender-nonbinary
gender-nonconforming
those are the only acceptable adjectival forms; very much not gender non-binary (adj.), gender non-conforming (adj.)
intersectional, intersectionality
Latinx (also Filipinx)
correctly written with VAR or at least italics on the x
pronounced “lateeneks”; “filipeeneks”
majority minority
neo-Nazi, n.
not neoNazi, neonazi, neo-nazi
use only if you can prove those specified describe themselves thus
no-platforming
normalize
PoC/POC
person/people of colour
QTPOC, BIPOC
queer and trans people of colour (pronounced “cutiepock”); black and indigenous people of colour (“byepock”)
racialized, adj.
settler
TERF
trans-exclusionary radical feminist
tone-police, v.
transmisogyny
woke

Technology

@‑reply, n., v.
takes nonbreaking hyphen
generally not at-reply
adpocalypse
avi
avatar (typically one that is readily changed, as on Twitter)
block
clapback
demonetize, v.
DDoS, DDOS
distributed denial of service; generally pronounced “deedawss”
takes get-passive: my site got DDoSed after I posted an “It’s OK to Be White” meme
DM, PM (both n., v.)
direct message (n.); direct-message (v.); private message (n.); private-message (v.)
conjugates normally (the president DMed me [not DM’ed])
dox, doxx, v.
takes get-passive: the identitarian activist got doxxed after he posted an “It’s OK to Be White” meme
Facebook jail
4chan, 8chan
lower case
GitHub (short form Git)
intercap H
hashtag, n., v.
when a speaker utters “hashtag die cis scum,” it’s rendered as #DieCisScum
Intellectual Dark Web
Internet site
use website (CP style); all “Internet sites” are websites, and don’t pretend it’s beneath you to say “website.” While there are still such things as FTP sites (mostly just directories), in point of fact anything you can load in a browser whose URL begins with http is a website, and nothing is an “Internet site”
same with “Internet browser”; it’s just a browser
livestream, n., v.
not two words and not hyphenated
meme
rhymes with “seem” and is not the French word même
memetic
message, v.
MT
modified tweet (almost always n.)
mute, v.
Periscope
podcast
when verb, past tense is podcast
protected (account, tweet)
retweet, RT, n., v.
conjugate normally: retweets, RTs, RTed
shadowban, n., v.
shoah, v.
conjugates normally, but with get-passive (my YouTube video got shoahed [not shoah’d])
subtweet
story
plural as usual: stories
Super Chat
TLD
top-level domain
ToS
terms of service
can be a verb: my domain registration got ToSsed after I posted an “It’s OK to Be White” meme
troll
trolldar
modelled after gaydar: ability to intuit/sense/suss out a troll
unfavourite, v.
unfollow, v.
unlike, v.
URL
uniform resource locator, but the expansion of the acronym is irrelevant
already in CP Caps and Spelling; not used in practice in copy that civilians are meant to read
Vine
YouTuber
Zucked
conjugates normally, but with get-passive (my post got Zucked [not Zuck’d])
may someday be lower case (not “lowercase”)

Notes

Canadian Press editor James McCarten put out a call for additions to its periodically-issued CP Caps and Spelling reference book. (It’s also an online resource to which one may subscribe. I do not.) McCarten put that call out on the medium where all Canadian journalists spend the majority of their time, Twitter. This in part explains why Canadian journalists are interchangeable and lousy at their jobs: What they do all day is RT each other.

But of course a lexeme like RT would never be included in CP Caps and Spelling. We write the Queen’s English for print newspapers, do we not? Further, Twitter is overrun with junior (mostly female) hacks who have barely read professionally-edited copy in their lives and would not even have a viable opinion on whether or not “professionally-edited” is hyphenated in the foregoing context.

I spent weeks trying to get McCarten’s attention by E‑mail (not “email,” though that is CP style). He eventually begrudgingly responded to the wrong half of my message, vaguely insinuating that mighty CP ignores messages due to civility or tone. As I told him later, as descriptivists we must approach every term without fear or favour. If the topic is productive use of Xy McXface (e.g., Boaty McBoatface), and the lexeme before us is Cunty McCuntface, we have no choice but to deal with it neutrally.

Stated another way, rather than receive a hundred or more additions from a trained and informed person, McCarten literally tone-policed.

Bias remediation

As a linguist and copy-editor who goes back 30 years in typography, my list of additions addresses biases.

Punchline

I consistently misrendered CP Caps and Spelling as using an ampersand until just now. All complaints about copy errors contain them.

2018.06.14 09:48

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