I have very old info. Is there a concise term like "news" that I can use to describe this?

I am looking for the antonym for news. Can I say oldies?


The antonym of news is history. Depending on the context, that would be the word you want to use.

As alternative, you can use old news, or stale news.

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    Old is an adjective, differently from news that is a noun. You cannot say new olds because there isn't the plural of adjectives. News is a noun, in Modern English as spoken nowadays. – kiamlaluno Jan 30 '11 at 13:11
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    It dpes not seem to be symmetric – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Jan 30 '11 at 13:46
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    Well, you can say "olds", but then most people will think it's wrong. I do recall having seen "olds" somewhere, somewhen. Just don't recall exactly where. – Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 30 '11 at 15:28
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    @jae. The word olds is used in the Terry Pratchett novel The Truth, but in the sense of boring news that's the same every day and reinforces people's existing beliefs. People don't really want news in a newspaper. They want olds. (Hence the Daily Mail.) – TRiG Jul 31 '11 at 21:36
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    @TRIG: Pratchett's use of words is hardly canon :) He uses olds precisely because the fact that it is a conceivable but not actual usage of the word makes it hilarious. In the words of the man himself, "'Discworld' is taking something that you know is ridiculous and treating it as if it is serious, to see if something interesting happens when you do so." But if Pterry were more popular in the mainstream, his olds is actually a word people might start using. – Amadan Nov 17 '16 at 2:11

I'd probably say something like 'old hat', but it does depend on the context. 'History' could be a better autonym.


I often hear old media being described as "from the vault". When referring to a news story you could say "And now something from the vault... [insert old news story here.]"


I'd include "from the archive".


News organizations store their prior output in the morgue.

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