Fairfax newspapers

There’s a particular language that journalists use in writing their articles and scripts. Reporters are usually pretty direct, they use particular monikers. Sometimes they use jargon, sometimes they fall back on cliches. And then there’s a whole particular suite of words and phrases that have been almost entirely wiped from English speakers’ vocabularies, apart from journalists’. Here are some of Crikey‘s favourites:

A blow

Axed

Backflipped

Beleagured

Boffin

Brouhaha

Bundle out

Bungle

Dumped

Dwindling

Embattled

Execution style

Fiend

Fingered

Fracas

Furore

Gaffe

-Gate

Imbroglio

In tatters

Lashes

Mayhem

On the brink

Ousted/ouster

Outbreak

Probe

Race row

Ramped up

Rebuked

Revellers

Saga

Scour

Sex scandal

Slammed

Slapped down

Sparked fears

Spat

Spearheading

Stoush

Swingeing

Tinderbox

Tryst

Under fire

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey
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