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By Robert Hutton

A humorous and irreverent annotated choice of "journalese"—words, words, clichés, and sacred cows cherished via newspapers yet by no means utilized by an individual else. This "bumper crop" of examples is certain to "fuel controversy."

Anyone who has picked up a paper has learn journalese—words and words which are basically present in newspapers. with no them, how may intrepid reporters have the capacity to describe a global during which late-night revelers move on booze-fueled rampages, or the place bothered stars lash out in foul-mouthed tirades? while Rob Hutton started accumulating examples of journalese on-line, he provoked a "Twitter storm," and was once "left reeling" via the "bumper crop" of examples that "flooded in." He discovered that words which begun as shorthand to assist readers became a dialect that is usually meaningless or vacuous to non-journalese audio system. In a brave test either to wean reporters off their journalese behavior, and supply elucidation for the remainder of us, this publication catalogs the highs and lows of this unusual language, celebrating the simplest examples ("test-tube baby," "mad cow disease"), and condemning the worst ("rant," "snub," "sirs"). it is going to be a "must-read" "page-turner" which can "cause a stir" or perhaps "spark" "tough new rules" in newsrooms.

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He repeated, still shouting even as he laid a huge hand on my shoulder. And the challenge was a hell of a lot older than both of us. He was not impolite, but never deferential. The office was in an ugly second-floor suite, at the end of a long, empty, unsecured hallway marked only with printouts reading “G/TIP,” as the Trafficking in Persons office is known in American diplospeak. G/TIP is only three blocks from the White House. If your job is to fight global slavery, the least important thing is who is on your side in Washington.

Trajean led a brief prayer, all heads bowed. But why had these men and women given their children to people whose faces they had never seen before and would never see again? Many just looked down when I asked the question. ” The children who were sent away were often the brightest ones who held the greatest promise. Those children were taciturn, ashamed to tell their parents the extent of their abuse. ” a Limyè Lavi organizer had explained earlier. In her youth, she saw other children get sent away as restavèks, but none from her family.

Tearfully, Litanne and her husband embraced the two children, not knowing when or if they would see them again. A few months later, Eva came back. Looking several years older, she explained that her mistress had never allowed her to go to school, instead making her work in the house sixteen hours every day. She and the husband beat her with a martinet, and the beatings got worse when they discovered that she wanted to leave. During the beatings, Eva’s mistress would remind the girl how lucky she was to have been brought to the city, telling her that she didn’t deserve it and could always be replaced.

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