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2008-02-22 11:13:56 AM  
that's a very british list. i'd add

solons - lawmakers
keglers - bowlers
hiat - criticize
 
2008-02-22 11:18:06 AM  
I have decided to replace "snarky", a word I use quite regularly to "LAMBASTY" it rolls off the tongue nicely don't you think?

/many farkers are too lambasty and need to get a life
//lambasty biatches! im bringing it back!
 
2008-02-22 11:19:09 AM  
TOT: child aged anywhere between six months and three years.
As in: "Tot's autopsy photos stir courtroom emotions" - the Philadelphia Star, January 25.
As it is never said in real life: "What a nice tot you have"; "How old is your tot now?"


Man, I could get really juvenile with that last sentence...
 
2008-02-22 11:22:43 AM  
Some of those don't really belong. "Fury" might not be used a lot in everyday speech, but you see it commonly written outside of newspapers and magazines. Same would go for "quizzed" and several other entries on that list.
 
2008-02-22 11:26:20 AM  
I use all of those but SWINGEING.

But I plan on dropping it into conversation this evening after the wife and our friends have a couple drinks in them.
 
2008-02-22 11:29:49 AM  
boytoy!
 
2008-02-22 11:31:34 AM  
I have no problem with any of those words, though the footballer references were lost on me.
 
2008-02-22 11:39:57 AM  
I use most of those words quite frequently. I guess this blog is insinuating the general public across the pond has quite the limited vernacular.

How trite.
 
2008-02-22 11:41:28 AM  
My college journalism prof flagged me for using "jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail" in an assignment. He said "that's not a common term in language."

I cut out his crime article from the previous week's local paper using that phrase -- in lieu of the common term, one might say.

He said "My editor did that. It's still wrong."

When I asked him what's right he said "entered into custody after failing to make bail."

I don't think I need to tell you that he was the most boring and fussy professor on campus
 
2008-02-22 11:42:17 AM  
It was as if an occult hand had inserted such odd words into the dictionary.
 
2008-02-22 11:48:00 AM  
What about "hizzoner"? Or is the NY Post the only paper dumb enough to use that term?
 
2008-02-22 11:50:55 AM  
farkin' British! What the hell do they know about the English language?
 
2008-02-22 11:52:35 AM  
Embiggen
 
2008-02-22 12:22:12 PM  
I use scrumptrulescent every day, so I'm glad it was not on the list.
 
2008-02-22 12:23:08 PM  
Discombobulated anyone?
 
2008-02-22 12:23:08 PM  
dark side of the moon: Embiggen

It's a perfectly cromulent word.
 
2008-02-22 12:23:56 PM  
You gonna finish your tots?
 
2008-02-22 12:24:01 PM  
Pimpmobile
 
2008-02-22 12:24:11 PM  
cromulent
 
2008-02-22 12:24:13 PM  
FURY: mild annoyance (which a journalist has to flam up to get his story onto the front page).
As in: "Six post office branches will be closed in Waltham Forest under plans announced this week, to the fury of customers and staff." - This is London, February 19.
As it would never be said in real life: "The corner shop has sold out of Mars bars. I react with fury."


I'm going to start saying this.
 
2008-02-22 12:24:36 PM  
A guide to alleged words used regularly in journalism that no one ever says in real life

Corrected that for you.
 
2008-02-22 12:25:07 PM  
Kudos to the author.
 
2008-02-22 12:25:18 PM  
Raging Thespian: dark side of the moon: Embiggen

It's a perfectly cromulent word.


darnit, I must refresh before posting next time.
 
2008-02-22 12:26:48 PM  
Slam is definitely overused in American media. At least once a month the Fox News webpage has some variation of "Hannity slams Dems!"

I would also add "blast" as in "Dems blast Bush!"

I was very critical of that report. I blasted it.
 
2008-02-22 12:26:52 PM  
you guys are too boffins for me.
 
2008-02-22 12:27:00 PM  
Fellows: I use most of those words quite frequently. I guess this blog is insinuating the general public across the pond has quite the limited vernacular vocabulary.

How trite ironic.


FTFY
 
2008-02-22 12:27:03 PM  
Also, 'yowza'. And 'scoop'.
 
2008-02-22 12:27:06 PM  
Noted brian-box Dr. Samuel Johnson approves.
 
2008-02-22 12:28:12 PM  
guyliner
 
2008-02-22 12:28:40 PM  
My favorite Simpsons word is still "craptastic."
 
2008-02-22 12:29:10 PM  
SaintAwesome: Noted brian-box Dr. Samuel Johnson approves.

I'm a brian-box, and so is my wife!
 
2008-02-22 12:29:25 PM  
I'd like to nominate "sectarian".

Christ that word annoys the shiat out of me.
 
2008-02-22 12:29:34 PM  
so-called: used by journalists to editorialize
 
2008-02-22 12:29:49 PM  
quone
 
2008-02-22 12:30:01 PM  
onecanshort: What about "hizzoner"? Or is the NY Post the only paper dumb enough to use that term?

Yeah, that and 'natch' are the two most annoying terms thrown around the new york papers.
 
2008-02-22 12:30:42 PM  
SaintAwesome: Noted brian-box Dr. Samuel Johnson approves.

Brian-box? Sounds like a post-op transsexual.
 
2008-02-22 12:30:42 PM  
Ombudsman.
Pol. (as in politician).
Of course, if I had a Boston herald or a NY Post in front of me, I could easily find 25 more words.
 
2008-02-22 12:30:54 PM  
no bollocks?
 
2008-02-22 12:31:11 PM  
SamTana: SaintAwesome: Noted brian-box Dr. Samuel Johnson approves.

I'm a brian-box, and so is my wife!


Stupid dang dyslexia.
Farkers, I am truly sorry.
 
2008-02-22 12:31:17 PM  
SamTana: FTFY

Not really what I was going for ...

You're also from the UK, so your opinion is biased, wrong and completely uninteresting.
 
2008-02-22 12:31:55 PM  
Well blurg my quiffle.
 
2008-02-22 12:32:58 PM  
Bah, they're crazy. I use those words all the time.

"I SLAMMED a TOT in the BUNGLE the other day. Halfway through, he grabbed my SWINGEING BOFFINS, and now, I'm CAGED."
 
2008-02-22 12:33:39 PM  
I use those words ironically or to be funny, never in serious speech or writing.

Alledged and allegedly are two words that are almost without exception used incorrectly by journalists in an attempt to CYA.
 
2008-02-22 12:35:19 PM  
Kerfuffle. WSJ is in love with the word.
 
2008-02-22 12:35:53 PM  
When is the list of Fark words not used in regular everyday speach coming out?

Caturday
DIAF
FTW

/there are just so many
 
2008-02-22 12:36:59 PM  
That's ridiculous.
Other than swingeing, which I've never before read in my life, I use those all the damn time.

I slam this article with fury for their bungle and propose we gather revelers to start a fracas with them.
 
2008-02-22 12:37:32 PM  
jshove1: /there are just so many

I acutally use Die in a Fire quite often...especially at hockey games, when the Bruins are losing.
 
2008-02-22 12:37:46 PM  
Aevum: That's ridiculous.
Other than swingeing, which I've never before read in my life, I use those all the damn time.

I slam this article with fury for their bungle and propose we gather revelers to start a fracas with them.


A fray, at the very least, old bean.
 
2008-02-22 12:37:49 PM  
Fellows:

You're also from the UK, so your opinion is biased, wrong and completely uninteresting.

Bob's your uncle!
 
2008-02-22 12:38:22 PM  
I think 'probe' should be on that list. The media uses it everyday and the only time the rest of us use it is when we're talking about UFOs.
 
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