Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News

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9781909653436: Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News

A funny and irreverent annotated collection of "journalese"—words, phrases, clichés, and sacred cows beloved by newspapers but never used by anyone else. This "bumper crop" of examples is sure to "fuel controversy."

 

Anyone who has picked up a paper has read journalese—words and phrases that are only found in newspapers. Without them, how would intrepid journalists be able to describe a world in which late-night revelers go on booze-fueled rampages, or 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 "bumper crop" of examples that "flooded in." He realized that phrases which started as shorthand to help readers have become a dialect which is often meaningless or vacuous to non-journalese speakers. In a courageous attempt both to wean journalists off their journalese habit, and provide elucidation for the rest of us, this book catalogs the highs and lows of this strange language, celebrating the best examples ("test-tube baby," "mad cow disease"), and condemning the worst ("rant," "snub," "sirs"). It will be a "must-read" "page-turner" that may "cause a stir" or even "spark" "tough new rules" in newsrooms.

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About the Author :

Robert Hutton has been the UK political correspondent for Bloomberg since 2004; previously, he worked at Financial Times and the Mirror.

Review :

"Hilarious, wonderful, and very true—a mini classic."  —Guardian

"Robert Hutton . . . has set himself up as the Dr Johnson of this strange, widely read, hardly spoken, language."  —Financial Times

"I'm loving a little book just out by my fellow political journalist Rob Hutton. It's . . . so much more than a hilarious compendium of the ghastly cliché to which our trade is prone. "  —Times

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Description du livre Elliott Thompson Limited, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardback. État : New. Anniversary edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Financial Times Gift Books of the Year; Sunday Times Books of the Year - Humour Roundup; Spectator Books of the Year - chosen by Matthew Parris; Where is drunken vandalism always a booze-fuelled rampage ?; Where is everyone in uniform a hero and every thief heartless ?; Where are market towns always bustling and villages sleepy ?; If you have ever picked up a paper, you will have come across journalese , the language of news. It s a strange language, a little like English. Without it, how would our intrepid journalists be able to describe a world in which innocent bystanders look on in horror, where tots in peril are saved by have-a-go heroes, and where troubled stars lash out in foul-mouthed tirades?; Robert Hutton has been working around native journalese speakers for two decades, living as one of them and learning their ways, and now he has made their secrets available to the public for the first time. When he first began collecting examples online, he provoked a Twitter storm , and was left reeling by the scores of examples that flooded in . He realized that phrases which started as shorthand to help readers have become a dialect that is often meaningless or vacuous to non-journalese speakers.; In a courageous attempt both to wean journalists off their journalese habit, and provide elucidation for the rest of us, Romps, Tots and Boffins catalogues the highs and lows of this strange language, celebrating the best examples ( test-tube baby , mad cow disease ), marvelling at the quirky ( boffins , frogmen ) and condemning the worst ( rant , snub , sirs ). It s a must-read page-turner that may cause a stir , fuel controversy , or even spark tough new rules in newsrooms.; Shortlisted for the Political Humour Book of the Year at the PaddyPower Political Book Awards 2014. N° de réf. du libraire AA79781909653436

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