Ok what’s AP style for “dong-rocket”?
In general, good journalistic practice is to be clinical and wordy.

INCORRECT: “Jeff Bezos took off in a dong-rocket.”

CORRECT: “…rocket that was much like a piece of male genitalia in appearance, and to be specific, not the testicles; we’re talking about the penis here.”
ALSO CORRECT: “…rocket that some have said looks exactly like a penis but others have said ‘oh we refuse to see a penis in that’ and it is good and correct to represent both of these points of view anyway we explore this debate tonight at 10.”
ALSO ALSO CORRECT: “Facebook is refusing to take down posts that say the rocket does not look like male non-testicular genitalia, but IS putting out a lot of information on why exactly the rocket DOES look like said genitalia, and is hoping that drowns out those other posts.”
…which is perhaps trivializing because hey a dong-rocket isn’t threatening all our lives so anyway I look forward to the political candidates who firmly believe it’s not a penis rocket and who run on that firm contention.
No I didn’t mean to use the word “firm” twice there.

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