The New York Times has provided another list of “journalese,” those words and phrases often used in news reports but rarely used in real conversations. Below are a few of our favorites, followed by the Times’ take.
- Kerfuffle. “More than a flap but less than a brouhaha? This informal Britishism seems to be trying too hard.”
- Shots rang out. “Gunshots sound nothing like bells. They ring out only in pulp novels and newspapers.”
- Grim-faced. “He was grim, and he sat there grimly, but in journalese people in such situations are always ‘grim-faced.'”
- Strongman. “A classic for decades now. Why do we never hear about weakman leaders?”
- Raised eyebrows. “Eyebrows have been raised more than 75 times in our stories over the last year.”