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By Robert Hutton

A humorous and irreverent annotated choice of "journalese"—words, words, clichés, and sacred cows cherished by means of newspapers yet by no means utilized by someone else. This "bumper crop" of examples is certain to "fuel controversy."

Anyone who has picked up a paper has learn journalese—words and words which are in basic terms present in newspapers. with no them, how might intrepid newshounds be capable of describe a global within which late-night revelers move on booze-fueled rampages, or the place stars lash out in foul-mouthed tirades? whilst Rob Hutton started amassing examples of journalese on-line, he provoked a "Twitter storm," and was once "left reeling" by means of the "bumper crop" of examples that "flooded in." He learned that words which begun as shorthand to assist readers became a dialect that's usually meaningless or vacuous to non-journalese audio system. In a brave try either to wean newshounds off their journalese behavior, and supply elucidation for the remainder of us, this booklet catalogs the highs and lows of this unusual language, celebrating the easiest examples ("test-tube baby," "mad cow disease"), and condemning the worst ("rant," "snub," "sirs"). it will likely be a "must-read" "page-turner" which may "cause a stir" or maybe "spark" "tough new rules" in newsrooms.

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The chemistry was amazing. Bruce had a way of joking and kidding with Harold to the point where Harold would all of a sudden say, 'Unh? ' He'd just have him all tied up. And for those who know Harold, that was quite a feat. "There wasn't anybody like Bruce . . or anybody who would work like Bruce. "After Bruce had his first open-heart surgery, I had Grigsby do a couple emcee jobs and Bruce was very offended," Sprenger continued. " Bruce Rice was doing what he enjoyed best when he suffered what proved to be his fatal seizure.

And they were on unemployment insurance. But thank God, the newspaper also owned the radio station and I was able to walk up the street a half a block and go to work there. I started out as the farm editor, which meant I screwed up the farm news. And I'd rip the wire copy and do the news stuff, too. "I also happened to be going to junior college at the time and so I started doing their football games on the public address system, which, in turn, led me to doing them on the radio. Then, one day, I got a break.

Well . . they should have known the late, great Dick Mackey and Bruce Rice, the original Kansas City Sports Guys. Mackey was a sportswriter with The Kansas City Star, Rice, a sportscaster with KCMO-TV. "Both terrific professionals," Hank Stram, former Chiefs' coach, said when I talked with him from his home in New Orleans. " Bruce, for those of you who were born after the inception of the Super Bowl, was Kansas City's media icon in the '60s and '70s and was universally and genuinely admired. Although he was the sort of broadcaster some might describe today as a "homer," Bruce was capable of barbed zingers when they needed to be administered.

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