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Any tabloid speak you dislike?

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LaMarschallin Thu 18-Jul-19 21:42:04

For me it's:
Adorable for anything that's quite nice
Stepping out - doesn't anybody just "go out" any more?
Blasting/Slamming - maybe just disagreeing with?

I know they're all normal words/expressions but, given journalists work with words, it all seems a bit cliched/lazy to me.

HighlighterPens Thu 18-Jul-19 21:44:01

'tragic tot'

'tragic teen'

strawberrie Thu 18-Jul-19 21:44:13

Romp. No one ever had sex in the tabloids, they romp (tiny vomit)

MikeUniformMike Thu 18-Jul-19 21:44:42

the actual ...
the edit
zhoozh up
rock up
crash out of

JamieVardysHavingAParty Thu 18-Jul-19 21:45:37

The phrase hit out at for So-and-so made a critical comment was really getting on my nerves this morning.

Mrsjayy Thu 18-Jul-19 21:47:27

Smashed it! It drives me up the wall

NinjaNiffler Thu 18-Jul-19 21:47:51

Any celebrity who is pregnant is always "flaunting/displaying their bump". No, they're just pregnant. The bump is always going to be visible unless you wear 80s maternity smocks!

Mrsjayy Thu 18-Jul-19 21:48:35

They sometimes have a steamy romp grin

Lemonsaretheonlyfruit Thu 18-Jul-19 21:49:02

Tresses (I mean it's just hair ffs)

LaMarschallin Thu 18-Jul-19 21:51:19


'tragic tot'

Oh yes! And "Baby X" for any child under 5.
They could just give the age.

wanderings Thu 18-Jul-19 22:06:07

Heart-throb. I haven't seen it for a while, but it was always used to describe celebs such as Leonardo DiCaprio.

Misery, e.g. "more tube misery".

Soaring, e.g. temperatures, tax bills.

Price war.

Greenteandchives Thu 18-Jul-19 22:07:42

Leggy. Used to describe most women.

Papergirl1968 Thu 18-Jul-19 22:22:00

My local paper uses phrases like gutsy granny, which makes me grind my teeth. Ditto for bungling burglars and tot instead of toddler.
The local rag also regularly says emergency services rushed to the scene of an accident. Well, doh, how would you expect them to get there - slowly?!
I also hate the word claimed as in Mr Smith claimed the library was already locked up when he arrived 15 minutes before its advertised closing time. I don’t know why, I think it’s just because it makes it sound like the person being quoted is lying.
Ex journalist here and I never wrote lazy cliches myself, oh no!

Itslookinglikeabeautifulday Thu 18-Jul-19 22:28:35

Recycling - as in some royal or other wearing a dress they’ve (wait for it.......) worn before (how outrageous....not) Recycling is taking your clothes to the recycling. Wearing stuff you own again is not recycling!

Redcrayons Thu 18-Jul-19 22:31:37

How old someone is and how much their house cost when it has no relevance whatsoever to the story.
The use of the word 'frame' in place of body.
From the sidebar, 'rare date night'. How do you know how often they go out?

Although I do have a hankering to be spotted with a 'mystery male companion'.

ExpletiveDelighted Thu 18-Jul-19 22:34:30

Bedded <shudders>

IamMummyhearmeROAR Thu 18-Jul-19 22:36:47

‘Pouring her curves’ into something
something ‘barely concealed’ by an item of clothing
‘Displaying her credentials’


WorraLiberty Thu 18-Jul-19 22:36:48


Apparently all good looking brunette women are 'sultry' confused

LaMarschallin Thu 18-Jul-19 22:37:40

Local papers can be bad smile
I dislike:
"Loveable rogue" for "petty criminal".

PancakeAndKeith Thu 18-Jul-19 22:39:25

It’s the way they talk about young women the day after they turn 16 so it’s all legal and ok. Yuck.

BookBookBook Thu 18-Jul-19 22:40:43

‘Flaunting her curves” which appears to mean ‘goes outdoors wearing her body’.

SwingoutSisterSledge Thu 18-Jul-19 22:47:48

The new in word is 'Global' for worldwide . Sets my teeth on edge

nildesparandum Thu 18-Jul-19 22:50:25

Showcasing - meaning wearing an article of clothing
Pretty pins - a woman's legs
Popped the question - a man giving a woman a marriage proposal
Baby bump - a visible pregnancy
Toned tummy
Snapped back into shape - usually referring to a celebrity who has regained her slim figure very shortly after giving birth

RonniePasas Thu 18-Jul-19 22:56:33

Packing on the PDA
Flashing her pins

SwingoutSisterSledge Thu 18-Jul-19 22:57:48

Weather Bombs

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