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New Words: Amazon Wants Me to ‘Checkout’?

New words emerge in our lexicon all the time. Each of us has to decide if we want to be at the leading edge of the language evolution.

As a writer and ruthless editor, I need to stay abreast of changes, but I generally prefer to wait for my most-respected sources to get on board before I adopt new usage.

The Associated Press Stylebook still considers check out the verb form to express, for example, the action of vacating and paying for a hotel room; agreeing on terms for borrowing a book from a library; looking at or examining something; or finalizing a purchase at a retail store, a grocery store — or online.

Yet when I recently was invited to join Amazon’s MYHABIT, where I can purchase designer brands at up to 60% off, the email promotion said: Continue

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