Sunday, October 16, 2011

To the newsreaders and newsblurb writers

I know you were supposed to graduate from J-school with some kind of English use knowledge.

Here's another tool to put on your belt.
It's called a thesaurus!

It will tell you that there are different words that have the same meaning, or be better suited for the story.


That means you can use words other than "scary" for situations other than sudden life threatening situations.

-When you watch a NASCAR wreck, you can say it's alarming, chilling, horrifying...
-When talking about the Gun Runner fiasco (if you ever get around to it)- you can say alarming, shocking, unnerving, worrisome...
-If there are problems with the school bus, how about troublesome, shocking, alarming...

Just get off the SCARY for anything that's not skittles and leprechauns- OK?

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