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Friday, July 29, 2005

A Little Journalism Humor

An actual lead sentence in an Associated Press article in today's The Gainesville Sun:

This definitely ain't no refrigerator magnet.

Considering that this story is about a new, 15-ton supermagnet, I think it is safe to say that the writer's use of southern slang is a sign that he or she just couldn't think of a lead. Normally, journalists employ such devices in situations where it is appropriate; in this case, had the story been about a redneck who, while rewiring his kitchen accidentally magnetized his refrigerator and subsequently became stuck to it because he couldn't remove his tool belt, then "This definitely ain't no refrigerator magnet" might have worked.

And, yes, I realize that "journalism humor" isn't that funny.

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