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Times or News is easy to understand, but why do some newspapers have strange names such as Jimplecute or Bazoo? Cataloging names from the most common to the most bizarre, Bernhard explores the history and etymology of newspapers' names-names that, by their very peculiarity, cry out for explanation. Bernhard focuses on printed general-interest English-language dailies and weeklies, showing that the reasons for newspaper names vary: sometimes their origins are political or historical, sometimes personal or simply ...
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Overview

Times or News is easy to understand, but why do some newspapers have strange names such as Jimplecute or Bazoo? Cataloging names from the most common to the most bizarre, Bernhard explores the history and etymology of newspapers' names-names that, by their very peculiarity, cry out for explanation. Bernhard focuses on printed general-interest English-language dailies and weeklies, showing that the reasons for newspaper names vary: sometimes their origins are political or historical, sometimes personal or simply whimsical. Many names have lost their original purpose but were originally chosen with care to symbolize a philosophy or mission or were created by word association with the paper's location or community role. With the naming of newspapers fast becoming a lost art, Porcupine, Picayune, & Post tells what's behind the banners we see each day but probably never stop to think about.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826266019
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 263 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Bernhard has devoted most of his professional life to theater and the performing arts as a producer, playwright, artistic director, and actor. He began his journalism career as a copyeditor, and later became assistant city editor and theater critic for the Houston Press, a longtime daily newspaper in the Scripps-Howard chain. He was also editor of the southwest edition of Performing Arts Magazine and host and writer of The Greenroom, a weekly television program on Houston PBS. He was at one time assistant professor of English at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His lifelong interest in words and their origins began at age twelve, when he was runner-up in the National Spelling Bee. Also an avid crossword puzzle constructor, he has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Simon & Schuster crossword collections, and numerous other publications.
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
What's in a Name?     1
In the Beginning     7
Journal
Courant
Courier
Mercury
Gazette
News
Rule, Britannia!     20
Intelligencer
Observer
Review
Examiner
Inquirer/Enquirer
Guardian
You've Got Mail     28
Post
Packet
Mail
Dispatch
Herald
Messenger
Telegraph Telegram
Express
Clipper
Gray Ladies No More     37
Times
Tidings
Register
Chronicle
Record Recorder
Transcript
Index
Facts
Truth
Item
Bulletin
Ledger
Repository
"Print the News and Raise Hell"     47
Press
Free Press
Plain Dealer
Champion
Advocate
Leader
Statesman
Chief
Chieftain
Pioneer
Vanguard
Advance
Tribune
Citizen
Patriot
Minuteman
Blade
Scimitar
Vindicator
Standard
Banner
Party Time     62
Democrat
Republican
Republic
Whig
Tory
Union
Constitution
Commonwealth
Independent
Impartial Reporter
Sound the Alarm     72
Sentinel
Monitor
Watch
Town Crier
Signal
Voice
Call
Alert
Clarion
Bugle
Let There Be Light     81
Light
Star
Sun
Aurora
Comet
Meteor
Globe
World
Planet
Orrery
Beacon
Pharos
Headlight
Searchlight
Spotlight
Flare
Mirror
Reflector
"Advertisements-The Life of a Paper"     93
Advertiser
Enterprise
Commercial
Exchange
Bonanza
Budget
Budgeteer
Cash-Book
Drummer
Pennysaver
Trader
Flora and Fauna     102
Acantha
Leaf
Leaves
Pine Cone
Beaver
Bee
Wasp
Mosquito
Cricket
Beetle
Coyote
Eagle
Grizzly
Hippo
Rhino
Pacer
Porcupine
Roadrunner
Myth-ellaneous     112
Aegis
Argus
Atlas
Echo
Palladium
Phoenix
Zephyr
Breeze
The Wheel and Other Inventions     118
Anvil
Boomerang
Brand
Camera
Derrick
Gusher
Producer
Dial
Flume
Hot Blast
Hub
Locomotive
Pendulum
Phonograph
Reaper
Rocket
Shuttle
Tomahawk
Wheel
Location, Location, Location     129
Ark
Avalanche
Cake
Centennial
Charter
Coaster
Crag and Canyon
Crescent
Epitaph
Gondolier
Gringo and Greaser
Hillbilly
Ileach
Irrigator
Nugget
Oran
Outpost
Pilot
Pinnacle
Piper
Pirate
Sachem
Vidette
Visitor
Wanderer
Oddities     144
Alibi
Almanac
Bazoo
Bunyip
Cabinet
Casket
Chad
Chronotype
Eccentric
Expositor
Exponent
Eye
Hawk Eye
Favorite
Fishwrapper
Handkerchief
Hour
Iconoclast
Ishmaelite
Jimplecute
Laconic
Optic
Pantagraph
Picayune
Potpourri
Quill
Solid Muldoon
Speaker
Tab
Topper
Traveler
Triplicate
The Brute, the Beast, and Other Figments     167
Newspapers in Novels
Movies
Comic Strips
Radio
Television
All in Fun      172
Satire
Anagrams
So Sue Me     176
Trademark Protection
Bibliography     183
General Index     189
Index of Newspaper Names     199
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