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Radio 4’s Word of Mouth did a whole half hour on journalese, in which I barely plugged the book at all. Listen here.
This extract from the still-being-written next book seemed timely…
Would They Lie To You?, the follow-up to the quite-well-selling Romps, Tots & Boffins… is out now. The Mail called it “brutally funny”. Where Romps dealt with the sometimes-shifty language of newspapers, Lie deals with, well, everyone else. In particular, the people who want … Continue reading
Where is drunken vandalism always a “booze-fuelled rampage?” Where is everyone in uniform a “hero” and every thief “heartless”? Where are market towns always “bustling” and villages “sleepy”? Journalese is the language of news. It’s a strange language, a little … Continue reading
A Huffington Post piece in which I discover what “Sky sources” really means.
Matthew Engel reviews Romps for the FT, and concludes that you should buy it, and I should write a second edition. Hard to argue.
Ever wondered how political scandals progress? All is revealed:
“Die fremdsprachfaulen Engländer haben entdeckt, dass sie eine zweite Sprache beherrschen…” http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/englands-boulevard-entschluesselt-12585215.html
I went on the BBC World Service, and offered them a view of London, through the eyes of a foreign correspondent fluent in journalese…