jour·​nal·​ese ˌjər-nə-ˈlēz How to pronounce journalese (audio)
: a style of writing held to be characteristic of newspapers

Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of journalese was in 1882

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“Journalese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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jour·​nal·​ese ˌjərn-ᵊl-ˈēz How to pronounce journalese (audio)
: a way of writing said to be similar to that of newspapers

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