The New York Times once offered a lost-and-found service. The newspaper sold brass tags -- each engraved with a unique number -- for 15 cents in the 1920 and 1930s, according to the Dec. 29 Times Insider. The tag could be dropped in the mail and the newspaper would arrange to get the item to its owner. Read full story.
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.