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When watching US television news or reading US news articles there is this affectation where instead of saying:

"Spotify music-streaming service to launch in U.S. on Thursday" (CNN)

or

"Leading credit rating agency Moody's said on Wednesday that the U.S. government's impeccable credit..." (Fox)

The on preposition is missed out.

Is this just a peculiar US journalistic "news speak" shortcut or do American non-journalist writers write this way too?

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This is a common elision in US English, yes, though very rarely in British English. It also seems to be done a lot by French speakers who have learnt English, because this elision is always done in French (or rather, it's always been the case in French that one refers to a day simply by saying the day, rather than on the day); I see this done a lot on the France 24 news channel, even by those newsreaders with a British accent.

It is also commonly done with months, eg.

The festival is happening June, and is going to be very popular.

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Yes, the France 24 news channel is also where I've heard this and it's quite odd to hear a British and especially one of their Scottish news readers speak that way (being a Scot). –  Kev Jul 14 '11 at 9:31
    
+1 for dropping redundant words. It seems like some people just like hearing the sound of their own voice, and will drag it out using any means. –  Andrew Thompson Jul 14 '11 at 16:03
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I don't support the dropping of 'on' here. :-) –  Jez Jul 14 '11 at 16:04
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This is absolutely unremarkable in American English. I don't even perceive on Tuesday as being slightly more formal than Tuesday. –  Peter Shor Aug 16 '11 at 10:55
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It's a specific feature of journalists' English, (called news writing by those involved and journalese by everybody else). Headlines (whether in newspapers or Internet sites) need to fit a meaning into as few words as possible, and if, by being confusing, they encourage readers to look at the body of the article, so much the better. Those journalists who move on to TV don't need this trope, but presumably either are used to it or think it sounds professional.

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No, it's American English. It's not just journalists who do it here. –  Peter Shor Aug 16 '11 at 10:56
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