Words in news, not in life
The world of journalism has its many intricacies, quirks and down right oddities, but one common theme is the frequent use of words that don’t really exist in the common, day-to-day language of average Americans.
Poynter started the whole topic this week when they solicited these commonly used words from their audience and then wrote a post about it. So I could be as cool as Poynter, I did the same with our audience and found some pretty good answers from our Facebook and Twitter followers.
Have more than this list or disagree? Add more words below in the comment section and maybe all of us journos will be a little more conscious of our word choices.
SPJ: What words do journalists use in their writing that many people don’t use in every day language?
Slaying or slain
In the 300 Block of …
Actor, as a police term
Certificates of obligation
Eyes (as a verb)
Set for (rather than scheduled for)
Effective tax rate
Proposed (as in not final)
Feted, fete or fetes
And with the possible exception of DC, boots on the ground.
Pan as a verb
Contusions and lacerations
It is understood
“Preps” to mean high school sports
Taylor Carlier. Photo credit: Matt Thomas
Taylor Carlier is the communications coordinator at the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a 2014 Purdue University graduate of Mass Communication: Journalism and previously was the special projects editor at The Exponent. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or interact on Twitter: @Taylorcarlier.
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