The Newcastle Journal’s Graeme Whitfield is looking for additions to his online dictionary of journalese.
Suggestions so far include:
- “‘swingeing’ – always used in harness with the word ‘cuts’. Journalists seem to think that it is better than just saying ‘large’.”
- “‘probe’ – to the shame of some journalists, this has come to mean an investigation that involves either leaving the office or involves more than three phone calls.”
- senior source – “do you know anyone in any organisation with this job title?” asks one commenter on the post.
My personal favourite is ‘revealed’ – things get revealed in the press all the time as if they were previously behind a magician’s cloak.
One commenter on the post suggests journalese is a sign of laziness – yes, sometimes I suppose it is, but occasionally clichés are clichés, because they’re the truest way to express something.
Now everyone can go and play journalese bingo across our site…