The Wall Street Journal drops use of honorifics in its news pages


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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