In the past few years I’ve noticed more and more frequently journalists are using sloppy wording in their headlines and stories. This seems to be a bigger problem with web sites than newspapers.
I cringe every time I see the word “kin”. Are we in Dogpatch? Is Lil’Abner & Daisy Mae their target audience these days? Why not embed banjo music in the story too? :rolleyes:
The NY Times writes a headline like this? :dubious: It sounds more like a headline from The Enquirer or Star. Would it kill them to properly say relatives?
Kin of missing ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson thrilled by reports he’s alive
Hang on to your spurs pardner. This here boy is gut shot. Quick, go get Doc Holliday from the saloon.
Navy police shoot one sailor in gut after chase at San Diego base
Perhaps they could say, Navy police shot a sailor in the abdomen after a chase?
You can find hundreds more examples yourself. It wasn’t always like this. The sloppy writing has gradually gotten worse in the past ten years.
There was a time when a journalist’s prose was a matter of personal pride. I’m not sure Edmund Burke had sloppy writing in mind when he spoke of the Fourth Estate. I can’t imagine Walter Cronkite or Harry Reasoner using phrases like gut shot, kin or whatever drivel is colloquially acceptable these days.
The over-simplification of language bothers me because news is one of the few things many Americans read anymore. It makes me wonder how limited the next generations vocabulary will be.
Do you cringe when you see news stories with phrases like kin or shot in the gut?