Dec 14, 2012

Crikey quiz! Know your colorful racing identities, a tabloid teaser test

Think you know your news? We've put together 50 of our favourite tabloid titles for Crikey readers to work out. Take the test and see if you can put a name to the media moniker.

Tom Cowie

Crikey journalist

Here at Crikey we’re big fans of the epithets journos use to describe the public figures they write about: they’re what helps turn a straight news report into a cracking yarn.

Sometimes this language is deployed euphemistically — a code for the reader to work out. “Colourful racing identity” is a classic of the genre, a term editors use when they aren’t allowed to call someone a “dodgy crook”.

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4 thoughts on “Crikey quiz! Know your colorful racing identities, a tabloid teaser test

  1. paddy

    While I refuse to show my ignorance by sending in an entry which may not be 100% correct.
    I have to say, it’s downright scary how many of those nicknames leapt off the page and matched up with the real villains without any assistance from Google.

  2. Joel

    Ah, I get it. They’re all euphemisms for Graham Richardson, right?

  3. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Can anyone identify the earliest use in an Australian newspaper of the expression “colourful racing identity”, or even a rough date ie. 1960s or is it earlier?

  4. Kristian Olesen

    I hate to a be a pedant, but should shouldn’t it be “colourful” and not “colorful”?

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