Meaning of journalese in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdʒəːnlˈiːz/

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mass noun informal
  • A hackneyed style of writing supposedly characteristic of that in newspapers and magazines.

    • ‘this account reads as good journalese’
    • ‘We're in the middle of reviewing some pages of the BBC Style Guide that discuss journalese, the tired vocabulary of the lazy hack who insists on using tedious words because he thinks all other hacks do.’
    • ‘It smacks more of journalese and of journalists protecting their sources than of serious doctoral work and of scholars giving references for others to evaluate.’
    • ‘The language is often sensationalist and journalese, such as describing a person's name as ‘his moniker.’’
    • ‘Yet again a responsible Scottish newspaper resorts to the most cliche-ridden and banal journalese on the subject of our musical heritage and traditions and in particular our noble instrument, the Highland bagpipe.’
    • ‘The Persian Gulf War 1991 is bound to become Gulf War I since Time magazine, the self-appointed arbiter of universal journalese, has begun to label the present Iraq war as Gulf War II.’
    • ‘That is also his view of much fashionable broadsheet journalese.’
    • ‘Even the oft-slung, pop-demographic journalese of the day, ‘the Browning of South Central,’ referring to a community in transition, was seldom trotted out without an incident of conflict to back it up.’
    • ‘It didn't actually unveil it - that's just cliched journalese - but it is 14 per cent faster than its previous series.’
    • ‘That's journalese for ‘these rich jerks have so much money they can just do whatever they want.’’
    • ‘Although he has been tagged in reductionist journalese as part of a ‘Brit Theatre’ phenomenon, Harrower's latest project is distinctly pan-European.’
    • ‘Just skip the other topics, and go to ‘flow, a reverent explanation,’ and you will find these articles, and enter the happy land of journalese.’
    • ‘Ian Katz called the exercise ‘a quixotic idea dreamed up last month in a north London pub’ - journalese for ‘We wuz drunk.’’
    • ‘It's not mystery meat cooked up out of scraps of pitch letters and press releases, and pressed into molds of zippy journalese.’
    • ‘Isn't it clear that Albert is fundamentally not ‘on board’, not willing to bury the ugly reality in vacuous journalese?’
    • ‘Alliteration abounds, pithy epithets are the order of the day, the cliches of journalese are flowing till we're all blue in the face.’
    • ‘It is a kind of private paper which demands its quota of news every day, and not rarely becomes a mere recorder of spiritual journalese.’
    wording, diction, phrasing, phraseology, style, vocabulary, terminology, expressions, turns of phrase, parlance, manner of speaking, manner of writing, way of talking, form of expression, mode of expression, usages, locutions, idiolect, choice of words, rhetoric, oratory