The AP Stylebook, a venerable handbook for journalists, academics and other writers, has issued a guideline that should make the infosec community happy – if not cryptocurrency enthusiasts.
In short, don't call digital money "crypto."
The six-letter word was traditionally associated with cryptography, but in recent years has been used to refer to bitcoin and the plethora of copycats and competitors that followed it, to the chagrin of many security specialists.
The Stylebook even offered a bit of commentary on the best uses for cryptocurrencies:
Every year the Stylebook adds new terms to its lexicon. This year, in addition to "cryptocurrency," "deepfake," "electronic cigarette," and "CRISPR" made the cut.
Many in the industry expressed excitement at the ruling as it signals that crypto – sorry, cryptocurrency – has become mainstream enough for the wonky Stylebook to give it a nod.
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