Where I work, the reporters now have an additional task: classifying their news stories according to our website taxonomy.
So, for example, if a story was about Mercedes launching a new vehicle, the reporter would select the taxonomy items 'product launch' and 'Mercedes-Benz' before filing the copy. You get the idea.
Anyway, one of our staffers wrote a story about a truck driver who was caught in possession of a stun gun. Unsurprisingly, we don't have a 'stun gun' taxonomy item, so the writer used her ingenuity and classified the story under 'PPE – personal protective equipment'.
PPE can be defined as "protective clothing and other devices designed to protect an individual while in potentially hazardous areas or performing potentially hazardous operations", so I suppose a stun gun might qualify...
The ambiguous Oxford comma
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