The Wall Street Journal is eliminating the routine use of honorifics, or courtesy titles, in its news pages, starting Wednesday.
As I said in a note to staff on Tuesday, the Journal has been one of the few news organizations to continue to use the titles, under our long-held belief that Mr., Ms. and so forth help us to maintain a polite tone. However, the trend among almost all news organizations and magazines has been to go without, as editors have concluded that the titles in news articles are becoming a vestige of a more-formal past, and that the flood of Mr., Ms., Mx. or Mrs. in sentences can slow down readers’ enjoyment of our writing.
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