May 6, 2011

Q.218

This newspaper attaches a "Mr." or "Mrs." (or any other relevant honorific) to the name of any person mentioned in its articles. Thus its style guide is similar to that of "The Economist". However, people noticed that articles about the death of Osama Bin Laden had omitted the "Mr." for "Mr. Bin Laden" (unlike before), sparking speculation that the paper made the omission as the subject wasn't very respectful to many.

The paper later clarified that it is their stylistic convention to drop the title for any deceased person. (However this rule is inconsistently followed as the obituaries of Ronald Reagan and even Saddam Hussein had "Mr.", while Hitler wasn't given much respect even when he was alive.)

Which newspaper?

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