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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.

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.

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

most childish, I mean

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.

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

Bystanders are always shocked

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

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.

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,

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 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!

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" ☹

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!

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

Taut visage.... ugh

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...

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

Amble bosom or putting on a busty display 🤮

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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

Sources close to the couple say...

He/she is denying the rumour that...

X claims...

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.

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

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

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