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Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange…

Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News (2013)

by Robert Hutton

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A really interesting commentary on the language used by journalists. Well worth reading. The chapters are themed, e.g. Politics, Sex, Death etc. and after a little introductory bit there are then a set of definitions for each of the terms. As well as being informative there is also a sense of humour to it and several of the entries made me chuckle out loud as I read them.

Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in language. ( )
  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
Mildly amusing survey of journalese. ( )
  sloopjonb | May 24, 2014 |
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You may not recognise the phrase, but if you have ever picked up a paper you'll have come across ?journalese'. Essentially, it covers words and phrases that are only found in newspapers ? whether tabloid or broadsheet. Without them, how would our intrepid journalists be able to describe a world in which late-night revellers go on booze-fuelled rampages, where tots in peril are saved by have-a-go heroes, and where troubled stars lash out in foul-mouthed tirades? When Rob Hutton began collecting examples of journalese online, he provoked a ?Twitter storm', and was ?left reeling' by the ?bum.… (more)

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