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Is there a name for separating two items with comma when listing them?

I noticed that journalists often write titles in which they connect two proper nouns (but not only those) with a comma, instead of using "and". Two examples: Poll shows gap between Le Pen, ...
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How can I attribute an entire paragraph to a source?

I need to summarize an interview for a news article across a few sentences in a single paragraph that uses a series of paraphrased remarks. Specifically, I'm looking for examples of clean ways to make ...
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What are the differences between practical implications, insightful implications, and limitations of a research study?

A reviewer asked me in three separate questions about each of these sections. However, I do not understand the differences between practical implications, insightful implications, and limitations of a ...
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"Prop up the table"

Under Moyes, United have fewer home points (21) than Norwich City and Hull City, with their count of 18 goals the same as Fulham and Cardiff City, who prop up the table. (source) The phrase "prop up ...
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Journalese verb tenses

The present tense and the past passive participle have long (for more than a century) been used in headlines to refer to events in the immediate past: Governor Smith vetoes bill Three killed in ...
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Media writing: beginning sentences with coordinating conjunctions

I understand that in many contexts it is appropriate to begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, and I am aware that variations of this question have been asked here many times. Mine, however,...
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The proper name for a “story with photos”?

What is the proper English word that means a publication (e.g. in a paper or online) consisting of a series of photographs along with short author’s comments? Here is a live example of such ...
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Origins of the 'editorial we' and its counterpart, the 'editorial I'

In researching an unrelated EL&U answer, I came across this commentary in an item titled "Hobart Town" in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (November 10, 1829): These ...
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Origin of the interjection "shock horror"!

I am familiar with the phrase Shock Horror! which is usually used ironically to announce something that is not, in fact, at all surprising. I believe it derives from the style of tabloid newspaper ...
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The origin of the current use of 'readout' in reporting political news

The word ‘readout’ has recently started appearing in various U.S. news reports in a sense that seems to be relatively new: a public summary of a meeting, or a phone conversation, which was not itself ...
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Wolff ’s sweetening the beat

In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the CNN journalist, Jake Tapper, said the following about the author of Fire and Fury Jake Tapper: Oh, yeah! I mean, I, I think Michael Wolff very ...
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Is there a word for a question asked despite knowing the answer, but meant to elicit a response for the sake of the audience?

In journalistic writing I often see writers, correspondents, and interviewers use questions in non-literal ways. Of course there are rhetorical questions designed to make a point and not meant to ...
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Strange Omission of "to be" in The Onion Headlines

So I've noticed a pattern lately on the TheOnion.com of omitting 'is' from their headlines. I get shortening headlines but I can't say this pattern is familiar to me. It strikes me as obtuse and ...
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Are there any style guides that dictate the use of "on/at Amazon" (and other web platforms). If so, what are they and what's the reasoning behind it?

I've been doing some really basic copywriting for various books that I've seen on various reading lists and I occasionally refer readers to Amazon. Here's a simple example: You can get a good ...
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Conventions of abbreviations of pages (pp.), for academic/journal purposes

I am asking about the conventions of abbreviations of pages, for academic/journal purposes. For example, if one submits a paper on arXiv, you will see that some renown physicist/mathematician uses the ...
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What effect is the writer trying to create with the use of "bigly?"

This is from the same paragraph that sparked my question about pratfall a few minutes ago. What is the origin of "pratfall?" The full paragraph is here (highlighting is mine): But the ...
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What is the origin of "pratfall?"

I came across the word "pratfall" in this journalistic piece: eHuffington Post: Donald, you are not in Manhattan anymore But the first pratfall ― cancelling the vote on the bill after insisting it ...
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Term a 'sheet something' to prove you are a published journalist/writer?

Sometime back, I read somewhere that if you want to cover an event, the event organizer may ask to see a 'sheet something'. I don't remember what this terminology or the phrase is. The phrase ...
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Journalistic term for front-page promotional strip [duplicate]

The Financial Times, like many other newspapers, has a strip under its title on the front page, split into several items (three in today’s paper — see illustration) promoting articles on internal ...
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What does DLRS Mean as the 4th Most Common Word in ~10,000 News Articles?

I just conducted a frequency distribution of ~10,000 news articles and removing punctuation and stop words (common words like "the", "a", "an", etc.) I Found that the top word after "said", "man", and ...
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Is there a word that describes when an editor sends some copy back to be altered?

In a publishing context, if a writer submits some copy (eg. an article) to an editor and the editor sends it back to be amended in some way, is there a word to describe that? Not 'reject' but ...
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The meaning of "did not immediately respond to requests for comment" [closed]

This expression is included in many news stories but to me, it's frustratingly vague. I see these as "weasel words" - some journalist leaves a voice mail for someone, waits 10 seconds for a callback ...
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