Don't talk about 'complete stops'. What other kind is there?Actually, as everyone who drives in the US must surely know, we have a vocabulary for incomplete stops. I tend to call them rolling stops, but plenty of people say California stop, and there are other names too, I'm sure. (Google these two and you're flooded with hits.) Despite the claim that rolling stop is an oxymoron, that's what happens when you modify nouns: They no longer mean what they did before. A near collision emphatically does not involve a collision, all-but collapse is not an actual collapse, a no show specifically does not involve showing, and so on.
We might complain about the practice of incomplete stopping (it's dangerous — a bad driving practice) and even that it's so common that we have a whole vocabulary for it. But that's different.
But more generally, is NPR going to contest the NYT for the worst language coverage on this side of the pond? (Sorry, guys, but the BBC has you both beat by a mile once you leave the U.S.) With the real experts they regularly carry, can't somebody get through to them about this?