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I'm looking to document trivia I know to be true because I lived through it.
In the mid-1970s, the Washington Post revised its style manual to mandate the dropping of the second "e" in words like "employee" and "trustee." For a time, "employe" and "truste" were used in all Washington Post news articles and features. The Post's ombudsman wrote a column decrying the silliness of the change. After a time (months? a couple of years?) the style manual was revised again to once again allow words ending in "ee" to be so spelled in the newspaper.
Question: how best to find the documents? I've done Google searches and, as yet, have been unable to find archived copies of the style guide. I'll go looking for the ombudsman's column, but I can't remember his name. Ideas?
Michael L. Wyland
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