Words That Only Occur in the Media

On the Gary Glitter thread Steven posted this:

There are some words and actions that only occur in media land.

Swooping, probe and fracas are in there.
He has a good point. Other words that spring to mind as being only used in the 'meeja' are

Romp - as in '3 in a bed romp'

Hail - as in 'David Cameron hails London 2012 as 'best ever' Olympics'

Vow - outside of singing the best hymn in the World?


Mogul - when referring to someone who's chief claim to fame seems to be running a business that feeds us shite.

Tycoon - see above.
Intelligent, Brave, Insightful & Bold, when used in connection with MPs.
When in fact they mean, Spivs, Thieves, Liers, self-opinionated & bovine numpties.

For example Jocko Almonds erstwhile leader of the SNP telling the Jocks they wont have to rejoin the EU and they won't have to adopt the Euro, if they vote for independence, when in fact he hadn't a clue and they will on both counts.

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And my favourite "Fury!!!" when they actually mean mild irritation or "couldn't really give a shit"
"EXCLUSIVE!!!" aka exactly the same as everywhere else, except we have an interview with the father's sister's cousin's mate of the eyewitness.
Thirsty travellers (buying expensive beer on trains), when they really mean piss heads.
"Travellers" used instead of "thieving sciving gippo scumbags."

"Liverpudlian" used instead of "thieving sciving gippo scumbags."

"Inhabitants" used to indicate ASBO collecting thieving sciving gippo scumbags who are council tennants, whereas "residents" indicates the posh people who eat with a knife and fork.

"Paedophile" used because it's much shorter than nonce.

"Presbytarian" used to indicate grim and miserable fucking grey skinned intolerant bastards.

"Right Honourable" used to indicate thieving sciving gippo scumbags who have their noses well into the national trough!
"Brave" - when referring to any 'sleb who's had a minor injury or health scare

Our Boys - The Sun loves this one & drops it in at every opportunity when talking about the military.

£500,000 home - a Daily Mail one, they are obsessed with putting the value of whoever they are talking abouts home, as if it somehow matters.
SOAP STAR = Jobbing actress.
BOY / GIRL BAND = Mime artistes.
PARTY GIRL = Slapper.
INFORMED SOURCE = Some bloke down the pub.
MILITARY SOURCE = Some bloke down the pub in a twenty year old combat jacket.
COMMUNITY LEADER = Self appointed busybody.
PUBLIC OPINION = People who agree with our way of thinking.
RACIST LOWLIFE = People who do not agree with our way of thinking.
EARTH MOTHER = Fat unwashed hippy munter.
BUBBLY = Fat munter.
SEX WORKER = Prostitute.
SEX SLAVE = Foreign prostitute.
ACTIVIST = Trouble maker.
STUDYGROUP = Bunch of self interest troublemakers on the government payrole.
"Coming to terms with" - something's happened, people are laying bunches of flowers, cards and cuddly toys like there's no tomorrow.
Do not forget the ubiquitous 'Slammed' as in:

'Energy companies were today slammed by watchdogs for their latest round of price fixing.'

I wonder if they criticised the door on their way out
Most of these media-only words seem to be the ones they put in bold as well. Is that to give them more credibility, or show off their weird vocabulary?

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"revealed" as in we paid someone large amounts of money for this non story about a minor celeb


Community, as in working with the community = trying to appease the lowlife chav's so they don't torch the estate after one of they're own has killed the step daughter/granddaughter again.

From the fire brigade managment speak manual, "working closely with our colleagues in the Police, ambulance, highways agency, etc...." = Trying to get someone to admit the reality that if the chav lad in his vauxhall corsa hadn't smoked skunk weed before or whilst driving he would still be alive and not now being hosed off the M25.

From Tony Blair, Iraqi people = decent pro west guardian readers desperate to throw off the shackles of oppression, guaranteed to be forever grateful.

From Sky News. Republican Guard= Elite, well trained equipped Iraqi army divisons will fight to the death,equal or better than RM, Para Reg etc.
"Elite" Republican Guard= Better than the above more than equals the SAS/SBS according to Sky news expert likley to cause mass casualties to allied troops.

Syrian rebel fighters= Our new allies in the middle east, firm pro west friends we have yet to meet! Not to give them weapons and more importantly, anti aircraft weapons is a crime!
Some bloke on the radio this morning said there isn't a noun that can't be verbized - he was talking about spams but I reckon it works for the meeja too
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