Has “junk” become a normal, conventionally used term?

Last November I wrote about John Tyner and how his statement to the TSA of “Don’t touch my junk,” caught on and touched a cultural nerve.  That was one of my most viewed posts of the year, apparently people don’t like their junk touched but they love to read about it.

Since that post, I hadn’t thought much about the use of the term junk until I was watching the local news tonight and the newscaster used the term and it appeared in a photo caption. I guess “junk” is now standard usage. I wonder what the AP Style Guide has to say about that?

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