How to know you’ve been ‘Adlerised’. A quick heads up to the Macquarie Dictionary: if you’re interested in adding a word to the next edition you could do worse than the in-vogue verb “Adlerised”, which has been popping up in the media lately after eponym Louise Adler’s part in the MLC principal sacking affair.

In its profile of Adler this yearThe Power Index wrote that “Adlerised” meant using persuasiveness to get people to agree to do things they hadn’t planned on doing (usually writing a book). Paul Howes says he was “Adlerised” when writing his election diary Confessions of a Faceless ManThe Age has since picked up on it, implying the term means to sack someone unceremoniously. Noel Turnbull used the word in Crikey this week, writing that less-than-sympathetic people use it to describe the “distinctive Adler management style”.

But according to Crikey chairman Eric Beecher (who claims to be the inventor of the word), the recent interpretations are incorrect. He says he coined the term after being gradually worn down by the MUP boss to do her bidding. “I would define being ‘Adlerised’ as being persuaded, not necessarily gently, to do something by a person who applies charming determination to achieve her objective,” he told us.

Crikey contacted Macquarie Dictionary to ask how the word might make it into print but received no response by deadline. — Tom Cowie

Front page of the day. Irish politics is in turmoil, but the murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne — who came to Australia from her native Ireland three years ago — was competing for space on Friday’s front pages …

Tele scores one over Media Watch at ACMA

“The ABC’s Media Watch program has been found to have breached the public broadcaster’s code of practice over a segment criticising a news report by The Daily Telegraph‘s state political editor Andrew Clennell.” — The Daily Telegraph

Ten ‘having cake and eating it’ on multichannels

“The Screen Producer’s Association of Australia has questioned Ten’s approach to the debate on local content on multichannels, following industry lobby groups asking the government to approve the recommendations of the Convergence Review.” — TV Tonight

Top Gear still pays big for its top gun

“It is the testosterone-fuelled, high-octane motoring show beloved by the country. But never before has talking about fast cars proved so lucrative for Jeremy Clarkson, who has scooped a multimillion pound windfall signing a deal to present Top Gear for three more years.” — The Guardian

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