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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.

hippogriffwobble Sat 20-Jul-19 05:37:20

Taut visage.... ugh

Graphista Sat 20-Jul-19 06:13:15

"Common law wife/husband" yes! Perpetuating the myth that common law marriage exists in uk!

'"Hard working families/tax payer'.
'Hand outs' (when talking about benefits,particularly sick/disability benefits)." Yep hate those too.

"BBC and the Guardian for this one - "child prostitute"." Just what I was coming on to say - except they aren't the only culprits! See also "underage sex workers" - as if that's better?! NO! They are "sexually abused children" - words matter!

Msm KNOW this!

LaMarschallin Sat 20-Jul-19 06:58:10

You're right, Graphista: words have a power and do get used without much thought, often.

This isn't as serious a point but I knew a doctor who (jokingly) said he yearned to get into the tabloids in a scandal because, inevitably, he'd be described as "Top Doc".
If it were less scandalous, he felt he'd be demoted to "Medic" ☹

ChinookPilotsGoVertical Sat 20-Jul-19 11:02:13

So many!
"experts" are always "warning",
"shocking footage" always "emerges",
People never wear anything, they're forever "donning" stuff,
Everything always happens "amid" something else,
The age / supposed house value one,
Showcase / flaunt, pins, all that shit,
Slammed, blasted, branded, hit out at,
"Ms X today told of her holiday hell",
General tweeness & bad styling eg referring to a Greggs sausage roll as "the popular baked good",
Sparking a debate,
Taking to the Internet,
Hack as in tip,
"the mother" usually as a sly way of saying that she doesn't work for whatever reason,
Appalling lack of knowledge of military affairs from the correspondent whose brief is to understand them,
Bad captioning of photographs,
Lashed out at,
Allegedly / it is claimed (usually well down under a lurid headline,
Sex act,
The prurient photos of topless slebs with the nipples blocked out (only for women though),
Sources claim,
God, this is therapeutic!

ChinookPilotsGoVertical Sat 20-Jul-19 11:30:05

When a newly separated sleb is seen with a new partner who is "comforting" them.

ChinookPilotsGoVertical Sat 20-Jul-19 13:36:00

Styled - wore,
Rocked - ditto
Teamed x with y - put a jumper on,
Top Guns - fighter pilot's (but not necessarily graduates of the USN Fighter Weapons School),
Our Boys when they're good vs drunken squaddies when they aren't so good,
Sir / miss - teacher,
Sir Humphrey - Civil servants of whatever grade,
Boffin - scientist,

Pavlova31 Sat 20-Jul-19 15:38:07

The description Baby Bump or flaunting a baby bump ... er no she is just walking along minding her own business.
Giving a article title then immediately under and before the article starts giving a couple of words summarising what you have just read in the title.Pointless.

chrislilleyswig Sun 21-Jul-19 13:35:30

Bystanders are always shocked

Schools are always "top schools" usually because they're private

LaMarschallin Sun 21-Jul-19 13:49:31

There was a really weird bit of journalism in the Daily Mail a while ago (don't judge me smile : it was a free copy in a cafe and I can't stand not having something to read).
They were cross with John Major about something (not being adequately thrilled about Brexit, iirc). First all, they described him "wagging his pudgey finger"... does the size of his fingers matter?
Then, when he'd used the word "poked" (can't remember the context), commented on the "irony" of him using that word after having had an affair with Edwina Currie.


It obviously made a great impression on me since I still remember it. It was one of the childish pieces in a "newspaper" I've ever read.

LaMarschallin Sun 21-Jul-19 13:50:51

most childish, I mean

powershowerforanhour Mon 22-Jul-19 15:20:01

I'm confused. What happens to all the celebrity daughters named Joy ? We're always seeing the headline "Baby Joy For X" sleb but then they turn out to be called Suri or North.

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