Journalese, A User's Guide

This democracy knows you as the poisoner of the streams of human intercourse

Thieves are not alone in having their own Cant. Newspapers are full of them. But enough about the Deputy Editor (see Survive Your Newsroom) Before your first bollocking has even made it past those quiz-winning tiny bones in your inner ear, your brain will likely be too confused from the Cant it has had to deal with on Day One In The Newsroom.

Real words, these are no help at all.

Real words, these are no help at all.

Because hacks love lingo. And their daily lives are peppered with seemingly impenetrable verbal shorthand impersonating words. Its clannish, exclusive – and marvellous. And if you want to get by on Day One In The Newsroom you’re going to need to read this guide. After all, off-stone is approaching and I’ve no time to slip for marks for second.

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