End of ADS-L Digest - 21 May 1996 to 22 May 1996 ************************************************ There are 7 messages totalling 191 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. newspaper lingo 2. "straight drive" (3) 3. Honors thesis on regional dialect perception 4. Job Ad 5. To ADS Members--New Library of Congress Regulations ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 04:23:17 -0700 From: Crissie Trigger Subject: Re: newspaper lingo from crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ix.netcom.com (SETH SKLAREY) Some interesting stuff from the BONG Bulletin Copyright (c) 1996 by BONG. All rights reserved. To subscribe: E-mail to listserv[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netcom.com. In text say subscribe bong-l. NEWSPAPER LINGO Stephen G. Bloom, ex of Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News now professing journalism at the University of Iowa, did a dandy piece for The American Editor on newsroom jargon. Yes, "30" translates from telegraphic code XXX, meaning the end. Stringers were paid by story length, measured by a string at the editor's desk. PI (pronounced pee eye), lede, hed, graf, folo and TK are deliberate misspellings so they won't get into print. Lede is copy, lead is metal. Bloom didn't mention it, but even now old- timers are edgy about using "lead" unless it's a story about leading a band or a drill team. Wood is the big headline, often so big that wooden type was used. Cereal spitter was a gory photo, especially for ayem papers' breakfast readers. Bloom suggests that some editors now use what they call the "Wheaties test," not to cull boring shots but to encourage something called good taste. It's the clearest proof that times have changed. Spike was the nail where bad stories went. Slug is a story's name, originally cast in a line of Linotype metal. Lobster shift, describing the overnighters, has a varied etymology. Bloom says morning is lobster-catching time, bad lighting makes for red eyes. The tale of Hearst's New York World being near the lobster boat piers and both kinds of crews going to work simultaneously isn't mentioned. Lob shift is a term virtually unknown outside newspapering. Lobstermen don't even use it. Maybe they say Grumpy printers with red noses from drinking on their way to work shift. ============ The world's foremost expert in newsroom atmosphere, BONG Chief Copyboy Charley Stough, Dayton Daily News, 45 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, Ohio 45401 tosses a rose to NYTNS bloodhounds worldwide. E-mail copyboy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]dma.org. Phone (513) 225-2445 after 3 p.m. eastern. Fax 225-2489.