LIST: News cliches, aka jargon aka journalese creeps into stories

The New York Times has another list of common news jargon. The tired word and phrases exude a feeding-the-beast quality to news writing that calls for some freshening up. It doesn't hurt to break open the thesaurus every once in a while.

This list was a sequel to an earlier list that was published by the Times. The first one generated many several comments so another round of journalese was created to include more words. The words melee, shots rang out and kerfluffle were among the offending verbiage on this latest list. View the journalese list. The Times' lists are great additions to the list of TV news cliches that I compiled in 2011, which includes fled the scene, completely destroyed and more.