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Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News (Hardback)
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Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 19/09/2013
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Financial Times Gift Books of the Year; Sunday Times Books of the Year - Humour Roundup; Spectator Books of the Year - chosen by Matthew Parris; 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'?; If you have ever picked up a paper, you will have come across 'journalese', the language of news. It's a strange language, a little like English. Without it, how would our intrepid journalists be able to describe a world in which innocent bystanders look on in horror, where tots in peril are saved by have-a-go heroes, and where troubled stars lash out in foul-mouthed tirades?; Robert Hutton has been working around native journalese speakers for two decades, living as one of them and learning their ways, and now he has made their secrets available to the public for the first time. When he first began collecting examples online, he provoked a 'Twitter storm', and was 'left reeling' by the 'scores' of examples that 'flooded in'. He realized that phrases which started as shorthand to help readers have become a dialect that is often meaningless or vacuous to non-journalese speakers.; In a courageous attempt both to wean journalists off their journalese habit, and provide elucidation for the rest of us, Romps, Tots and Boffins catalogues the highs and lows of this strange language, celebrating the best examples ('test-tube baby', 'mad cow disease'), marvelling at the quirky ('boffins', 'frogmen') and condemning the worst ('rant', 'snub', 'sirs'). It's a 'must-read' 'page-turner' that may 'cause a stir', 'fuel controversy', or even 'spark' 'tough new rules' in newsrooms.; Shortlisted for the Political Humour Book of the Year at the PaddyPower Political Book Awards 2014.

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
ISBN: 9781909653436
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 209 g
Dimensions: 178 x 111 mm
Edition: Anniversary edition

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“Romps, Tots and Boffins”

No one in real life writes or talks in quite the same way that journalists do. Comedians are 'T.V. funnymen', books are 'Tomes' and Tom Cruise is always, always 'Top Gun star Tom... More

Hardback edition
26th November 2013
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“Romps, Tots and Boffins”

Romps, Tots and Boffins is an amusing compendium of journalese, those idiosyncratic words and phrases that seem to only exist within the pages of newspapers and that are often multilayered with peculiar meaning.... More

Hardback edition
2nd November 2013
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