Kansas City Star readers prefer the newspaper avoid slang, jargon, abbreviations and improper English. Readers’ Representative Derek Donovan adds to that list neologism and terminology unique to certain professions. And when it comes to slang and dialects, things get more complex.
Informal language can enliven dull writing, but it should fit the situation appropriately. As Donovan notes, “There’s a good counter-argument that these informal usages are an undeniable part of everyone’s daily life, and journalism shouldn’t always shy away from them. But here, you have to pick and choose where it’s appropriate.”