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I'm looking for some slang terms for a newspaper, whether they are archaic terms that nobody has used in the past 70 years or modern, obscure terms.

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closed as not a real question by waiwai933 Jan 6 '12 at 0:49

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I think this question is diametrically opposed to what I would like to think are EL&U's objectives. Firstly - obviously there are no 'correct' answers. Second, and more importantly, it's not really a request for 'descriptive terms for newspapers'. It's an invitation to see what poetic/evocative[/insulting?] turns of phrase we can come up with for a much-vilified sector of society. I really think this is something for Yahoo Answers or Urban Dictionary. I don't want to sound elitist, but I'd rather prefer EL&U to be above this sort of thing. – FumbleFingers Jun 23 '11 at 3:01
While I think policing for off-topic questions has its place (I voted with you on this one), I can't agree with you here. Apart from the fact that I spent a good bit of time turning up old slang terms for my answer, I also feel that this is a "practical, answerable question based on an actual problem" and that the answers here now provide a fairly comprehensive list that can't readily be found elsewhere online. Finding some answers insulting is not a good reason for closing. Also, I'd suggest writing your vote-to-close opinions as comments. – Callithumpian Jun 23 '11 at 3:59
@Callithumpian: I take your point on board, and will consider the issue. I certainly didn't intend to denigrate your answer as such, and I recognise it would have taken time, effort, and consideration. Which is much to be valued. My problem is with the suitability of questions like this on EL&U. For the time being I will leave my 'answer' here (@Martha notwithstanding), pending maybe a bit of 'discussion' on meta. – FumbleFingers Jun 23 '11 at 4:19
@Ankur Banerjee: Again, point taken. I've no wish to offend anyone, including even a first-time OP who maybe should have gone elsewhere to start a 'slang-list' talking shop. The downvotes are noted, and if they're overwhelming in a few days I'll delete the answer. In the meantime I'd like to mull over the issue with or without useful contributing arguments on both sides. – FumbleFingers Jun 23 '11 at 7:11
@FumbleFingers: Having said that, I do agree with you that a list-style question like this one isn't the best. – Ankur Banerjee Jun 23 '11 at 7:34
up vote 2 down vote accepted

birdcage liner
black and white and "red" all over
bunk sheet
butter wrapper
Captain Grimes
fish wrapper
long acre
nursery rhymes
red top

Sources: Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, The Slang Dictionary, Urban Dictionary, Wikipedia,

Wordnik's got a nice list of words used in actual newspaper names.

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Alphabetized, very nice. The Wordnik list is proving very helpful. – Nick Anderegg Jun 23 '11 at 1:16
@Nick: Found a bunch more and deleted some non-slang synonyms. (PS, if an answer is helpful you can up-vote it and/or check it.) – Callithumpian Jun 23 '11 at 2:51

Tomorrow's fish-and-chip wrappers
Scandal sheet
Libel mill
The old grey lady (specifically, the New York Times)

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Off the top of my head I can think of the following



The Rag

Daily Snooze

Scandal Sheets

The Slimes (The Times)

Linen Draper (Cockney Rhyming Slang for Newspaper)

Currant Bun (The Sun)

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