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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

Fantababy Thu 18-Jul-19 23:00:22

I came on to say romped.

Also 'dubbed'. "...Dubbed 'the black widow' by others..."

Beast for sex offender.

ThatCurlyGirl Thu 18-Jul-19 23:48:10

"Three in a bed romp"
"Flaunts her (body part) in a (colour) bikini"
"(Person) and (Person) laugh of rumours of (rumour)"
"Struts her stuff"
"Latest squeeze"
"(Name) dons a (item of clothing"
"Epic wardrobe malfunction"

Disclaimer: I work in media but there are so many wanky phrases like this we'd never use when chatting out loud.

ThatCurlyGirl Thu 18-Jul-19 23:49:52

Oh and "frugal (celeb name) recycles (designer name) dress"

Mate if it cost a few grand, wearing it twice is not frugal. And it's not recycling, it's just wearing it more than once. Only ever used in relation to women too. Grr!

ThatCurlyGirl Thu 18-Jul-19 23:50:50

*laugh OFF

the shame blush

TremoloGreen Thu 18-Jul-19 23:56:57

Why do they give everyone's ages?? And yes to the house value...
TremoloGreen, 42 and her husband MRGreen, 50, who live in a cottage worth £xxx...
I suppose so the readership can make a snap judgement about who the people are before they go on to sneer at whatever aspect of their lives is being trotted out for their entertainment.

Referring to women as 'mother-of-two' when it has n relevance t the story

"A sex act" or "performing a sex act" always makes me cringe too. It just sounds more suggestive/obscene than whatever it is meant to cover up for some reason.

Iamthewombat Fri 19-Jul-19 00:00:06

I always enjoy the phrase ‘love rat’. I know that you asked for phrases we hate but everybody else beat me to ‘steamy romps’ and ‘tragic tot’.

Iamthewombat Fri 19-Jul-19 00:01:12

Also, did anyone, ever, say ‘love nest’ unironically?

ThatCurlyGirl Fri 19-Jul-19 00:13:30

Oh and "speaking from their £425,000 home in Surrey..." after doorstepping a family going through a tragedy. Cringe every time I see that, so irrelevant!

JamieVardysHavingAParty Fri 19-Jul-19 00:55:36

God yes, about the 'flaunting' of bumps.

It's such a nasty little social narrative there. Any famous woman who dares to be seen outside in something that isn't an actual tent is showing off their pregnancy, apparently. Not just getting on with life, oh no.

ProudAunty2nine Fri 19-Jul-19 04:10:23


doesn't seem to take much to be a hero these days

Havingarethink Fri 19-Jul-19 04:41:07

Buzzfeed and other gossipy magazine type are very fond of the word
shade or shaded
to imply someone has insulted someone else on twitter.

Wincarnis Fri 19-Jul-19 06:06:40

A red lip.
Just the one, then....

“Welcoming” a baby. Gives me a mental image of formal introductions and handshaking

LemonMousse Fri 19-Jul-19 06:50:19

'A source close to (blah) said...' meaning we're just speculating here!

An annoying headline that stuck in my mind from years ago was 'Gloria Estefan BALLOONED to a MASSIVE nine and a half stone'

MrsBudd Fri 19-Jul-19 06:51:40

Revellers / revelling 🙄

myrtleWilson Fri 19-Jul-19 06:56:06

Another vote for "poured (herself) into the revealing dress"
Gal pal(s)
All grown up now - when leering over 16yr old ex Disney star

Sunnysidegold Fri 19-Jul-19 07:14:20

"bang on trend" drives me mad.

"Flaunts" especially when it's some celeb on holiday and they've taken pictures of them just hanging around on the beach. Sure everyone wears a swimsuit or bikini on the beach.

LaMarschallin Fri 19-Jul-19 08:12:43

"Jetting off" instead of just flying somewhere.

Bezalelle Fri 19-Jul-19 08:27:45

Yes to "revellers"! Always puts me in mind of medieval court jesters, when it's actually a gang of rheumy-eyed blokes in Newcastle town centre having a scrap.

chrislilleyswig Fri 19-Jul-19 09:32:43

Tabloids - flaunts her enviable pins

After a public break up. "Y shows X what he's missing". Alongside a photo of someone either glammed up or in a bikini.

Local papers are worse

Parking fines are always "slapped"
Minor mistakes are "blunders"
There is also provoked fury. Usually when one wee wifie is unhappy that the bin days have changed

and my least favourite "called for". As in MSP calls for council to look at blaaaah. Totally pointless

Iamthewombat Fri 19-Jul-19 10:24:20

Also, anybody criticising government policy or people’s choices always “warns”.

BMA warns Theresa May blah blah. Bonus points if accompanied by a picture of someone wearing glasses and with one finger extended.

ProfessorSlocombe Fri 19-Jul-19 10:44:19

A bugbear of mine is "loophole" - which implies that rather than having a parliament, courts, judges and lawyers, people should be judged by other people think (or in reality don't think in any degree) the law should be. There's no such thing as a "loophole" in law. There may be unintended consequences, and the passage of time might make some laws seem odd. It's still the law, and it's still what courts have to enforce.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Fri 19-Jul-19 10:48:18

I loathe the word "flaunting" when used in the way it is by the tabloids - any woman with any type of figure wearing any type of clothing is flaunting some aspect of herself.

I teach English so am used to getting classes to analyse different styles of writing. There used to be a certain skill to tabloid journalism - now it's just shite, lazy, illiterate crap.

chrislilleyswig Fri 19-Jul-19 12:23:27

Another I've seen twice today

"Sparks fears that ......"

OneFootintheRave Fri 19-Jul-19 12:27:25

So and so "slams" someone, rather than disagrees.

Couple in "crisis talks".

So and so "took to Facebook".

Or my favourite when the publish pure speculation....A huge lurid headline, then in small letters

"It has been claimed"

Oh yes, by who?

longearedbat Fri 19-Jul-19 12:32:02

Tots - I agree, only tabloids refer to children as tots.
The other one is 'panties' for knickers. So coy, and again, I have never heard someone use that word to describe their underwear.

Limpshade Fri 19-Jul-19 12:33:25

"Eye-popping display" = she's wearing an outfit AND she's got large breasts

Limpshade Fri 19-Jul-19 12:35:04

"A source close to the couple says..." = "Our intern writes..." - I have firsthand experience of that one grin

LaMarschallin Fri 19-Jul-19 12:35:46

For disapproving (rightly or wrongly) or being unpleasant about X.

Quellium Fri 19-Jul-19 12:37:57

Flaunting makes me enraged, but also 'showcasing'.

Celebrity x showcased their natural, blossoming, bare baby bump after jetting off for a babymoon.

Always women 'flaunting' and 'showcasing'. Never men. Fuck off Daily Mail with this misogynistic shit.

sqeakywheel Fri 19-Jul-19 12:38:10

Reached out
Romping, when they mean sex.
Crafted, nothing is made anymore.

powershowerforanhour Fri 19-Jul-19 12:44:12

Adverb, comma then fact.
Used to instruct the reader to feel disapproval:
"Worryingly, x many immigrants are recorded as having entered the country in the past 3 months"
"Disturbingly" annoys me the most.

Shrieked/shrilled- used when a woman whose politics do not align with those of the paper's editor talks in public.

Thecowinthemeadowgoesmoo Fri 19-Jul-19 12:47:47

Celebs always seem to have a 'burgeoning baby bump' to flaunt. Makes me shudder.

Sooverthemill Fri 19-Jul-19 12:49:32

'Flaunting' as in
"Bella Hadid flaunts her toned legs in white shirt with denim jacket and knee-high boots"
She is wearing jeans fgs

JohnsShamewell Fri 19-Jul-19 13:00:40

Leads. As in “Amanda Holden leads Mother’s Day tributes with sweet snap”. Makes it sound like some kind of parade with them all holding up theirs cards to the camera.

GrrrAaargh Fri 19-Jul-19 13:19:03

Not sure if it's tabloid speak exactly, but any series of unimportant events being named a SAGA.

MikeUniformMike Fri 19-Jul-19 13:21:30

I don't read the tabloids but one thing about newspaper and magazine articles is that they always seem to say ' First name Surname, age,...' if it's a woman but rarely if it's a man.

ProfessorSlocombe Fri 19-Jul-19 13:31:45

Oh, also forgot Betteridges law (which applied properly can save buying a newspaper ever again - it's what I've done).

S0CKS Fri 19-Jul-19 13:33:28

Reaching out.
We reached out to their representatives.

Equatoria Fri 19-Jul-19 13:45:43

Pup or pooch instead of dog.
Love nest for a couple's flat.
Inanimate objects, with no awareness, which supposedly 'struggle', such as interest rates 'struggling' to stabilise.
Check out these 'hilarious' quotes from Reddit, MN etc. hmm
Boffin for someone intelligent
A mother/grandmother/father/grandfather of 1/2/3/4+ instead of a woman or man

Redcrayons Fri 19-Jul-19 14:06:37

I do like the way the sidebar put stuff in quotes to indicate the bits they've made up ie. Posh spice flaunts her 'nose job'
And whole articles made up of quoting people off Twitter talking about something trivial.
And my local newspaper runs a daily article on stuff you can buy in Primark. Especially loathe the 'here's a £500 pair of designer shoes you can get in Primark for a tenner'.

BIWI Fri 19-Jul-19 14:11:08

'Tax payers' money'. Irritates the hell out of me, especially because it fuels Daily Mail-type righteous indignation.

The money we pay in tax - which we all have to pay - goes to the Government to fund all our key services that we take for granted. Like police, health, education, security, etc.

Once we have paid the money, it is no longer ours!.

I can't bear the insinuation that somehow, because we have paid it, we are owed something in some kind of way.

It's not only lazy journalism/writing, it's also irresponsible because it's used deliberately to provoke a response.

supercee Fri 19-Jul-19 14:18:28

A few Daily Fail favourites which makes me want to hurt someone/thing:

'Commands attention in..' - when a celeb puts a nice outfit on.

'Gruelling working' - when leaving the gym/wears workout clothes. How do you it was gruelling?!!

'Crafty cigarette' - they are smoking.


thisnamechanger Fri 19-Jul-19 14:21:01

'tipping the scales' on anything about weight-loss

People who are 'left disgusted' or 'left embarrassed'.

thisnamechanger Fri 19-Jul-19 14:21:42

Crafty cigarette' - they are smoking.

In the DM they're always 'puffing on a cigarette'.

Or 'snorting' cocaine.

thisnamechanger Fri 19-Jul-19 14:22:01

Oh and 'suspicious looking cigarette' for joint.

TheWashingMachine Fri 19-Jul-19 14:23:01

"Heartbreaking" , for example I read the other day "the Queen and Kate Middleton share the same" heartbreaking" incurable sickness. Totally daft, apparently they both get travel sick, hardly "heartbreaking"!

Mrsjayy Fri 19-Jul-19 14:24:21

Tax payers money is the new Hard working families hmm which was just as irritating !

Jsmith99 Fri 19-Jul-19 14:24:47

‘ Assets’ meaning breasts, as in ‘she was flaunting her assets’ meaning ‘some cleavage was visible’.

I always assumed “a source close to the player said...” means “the player’s PR / agent said...”

BIWI Fri 19-Jul-19 14:25:26

Agree, @Mrsjayy!

thisnamechanger Fri 19-Jul-19 14:25:30

This one is actually really niche but their constant use of the word 'as' in headlines to save space:
e.g "Tragic tot killed in fire as father is arrested"
Makes it sounds like the two things happened at once.

supercee Fri 19-Jul-19 14:28:37

Or 'enjoying' a cigarette. They are never just plain having one.

ChopinIn10Minuets Fri 19-Jul-19 14:33:41

The flip from degrees C to degrees F in late spring to describe anything pleasantly warm.

Mrsjayy Fri 19-Jul-19 14:36:25

Ah but they need to demonstrate the scorcher choppin how would we know if it isn't 70 f grin

Mrsjayy Fri 19-Jul-19 14:42:11

Just read the Gavin and Stacy filming is being plagued by chaos! People are watching filming grin

myusernameisnotmyusername Fri 19-Jul-19 14:59:08

Showcasing- showcasing their baby bump/curves/new hair.

LaMarschallin Fri 19-Jul-19 15:12:05

Boffin for someone intelligent
Ooh this!
When younger daughter's nursery was visited by a local paper, she was chosen to be photographed for the piece.
The headline was about "baby boffins"; the photographer - after posing her with a world globe dragged out from some cupboard - stuck another child's pair of spectacles on her in an attempt to make her look more...boffiny, I suppose.

Sadly, her geography (like mine) remains rubbish.

MikeUniformMike Fri 19-Jul-19 15:26:09

Common law wife/husband

PuppyMonkey Fri 19-Jul-19 15:27:01

I spent many years writing for a local paper and have used most of these at some point.blush

My personal fave is:

“In a bid to”

Which is never said by anyone in RL.

My paper also used to love this kind of thing:

“Councillors should ban women from pubs on a Friday night.*
That’s according to Arsey McArseface, spokesman for the Far Right pressure group Men Without Hats.” Etc etc

* or add any other outrageous/inflammatory sentence you can think of.

Papers put people’s ages in mainly for identification purposes, if anyone’s interested. So you don’t think Jane Smith, 32, up for murder in court is the same Jane Smith, 74, who lives on your street.

MikeUniformMike Fri 19-Jul-19 15:29:29

I was thinking more about articles about anyone, e.g actors, popstars.
No Helen Mirrens, Gemma Artertons or Liz Hurleys in this street.

Bezalelle Fri 19-Jul-19 16:23:10

"Crafty fag"

NationMcKinley Fri 19-Jul-19 16:29:22

“Hailed a hero” which is trotted out for literally any remotely good deed

“Pal” the ‘credible’ source for any piece of salacious made up information about a random celebrity

NeverGotMyPuppy Fri 19-Jul-19 16:30:17

I was going to start this thread tonight!!

'Showcasing her enviable figure- I.e. wearing clothes
'Struggled to contain her ample assets' - wearing tighter clothes
'Slammed' - made a mild complaint

namechangeninjaevervigilant Fri 19-Jul-19 17:23:05

Flaunts her pins - wears a skirt/shorts

Clad her leggy frame - wears clothes of any sort

Styled her glossy tresses - has hair.

Reveals her curves - fat woman is photographed

Shows off her toned physique - thin woman is photographed

Oozes daytime glamour - wears a dress

Sported a glossy lip - wears lipstick

Looks incredible/stunning/sensational - we want an exclusive interview

Looks dowdy/down beat/ past it - they turned down our exclusive interview

midsomermurderess Fri 19-Jul-19 18:20:53

Flaunting and parading. Usually accompanying photos of women going about their daily lives, albeit, and shamelessly, not covered from head to toe.

ContactLight Fri 19-Jul-19 18:25:38

Sources close to the couple say...

He/she is denying the rumour that...

X claims...

RaspberryRippleCrisps Fri 19-Jul-19 18:30:17

'His/her weight ballooned to.....'
'Hard working families/tax payer'.
'Hand outs' (when talking about benefits,particularly sick/disability benefits).
'Basking' (when talking about hot weather).

Mysterian Fri 19-Jul-19 19:24:49

"Gay actor John Smith..." Is that relevant?

Or "Actor John Smith (56)..." for the same reason. They rarely seem to do it when talking about sports people despite it sometimes being important. I'd like to know if the player my team are thinking of signing is 18 or 36.

LaMarschallin Fri 19-Jul-19 19:25:06

Something-or-other gate.
It was called Watergate because it was a place name.
It wasn't a scandal about water.

WinterHoliday Fri 19-Jul-19 22:08:44

The word "lag" for prisoner. I've never heard anybody use it in real life!

VinceTheMafiaBoss Fri 19-Jul-19 22:43:22

Amble bosom or putting on a busty display 🤮

Equatoria Fri 19-Jul-19 23:52:50

(Woman's name) goes make-up free shock

WhatAGreatDay Fri 19-Jul-19 23:58:45

I hate it when a pregnant woman is described as "showing off her bump". She has just left the house pregnant. Where is she supposed to put her bump?

"bedded" and "romped" - no one uses these words in real life.

BBC and the Guardian for this one - "child prostitute".

"chaos" to describe a crowded train station or problems with a train service. It can be used to describe completely unchaotic situations, eg. long queues.

mammmamia Sat 20-Jul-19 00:15:06

Not read whole thread but “jetted”.

Celebrities never go on holiday, they always jet off somewhere hmm

Sounds so stupid.

I also hate random valuations of people’s homes. Totally irrelevant to most stories.

mammmamia Sat 20-Jul-19 00:17:06

also “Brits to sizzle” whenever the temperature is predicted to be over 20 degrees
I need to stop reading my Apple news!

missjoanie Sat 20-Jul-19 05:16:59

“Partied up a storm/flirted up a storm” = someone went to a public event/spoke to someone. Looking at you Daily Mail...

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