Dramatic News
February 06, 2008

By Simon Bucks, Associate Editor

A viewer has written to Sky News to complain about our over-use of the word "dramatic": as in "a dramatic new twist, a dramatic development, dramatic new pictures" and so on.

He's probably right. It's so over-used that its meaning has been debased. Instructions have gone out to Sky journalists not make a drama out of crisis so routinely.

Sometimes, however, it's the only word which will do to describe a genuinely dramatic event - which my dictionary defines as "very sudden or noticeable, or full of action and excitement."

The rescue of the baby girl in Germany, hurled from the fourth floor of a burning building by her father, was surely dramatic, as were the pictures of it happening.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of other examples of journalese which either overhypes a story, or obscures its meaning. "A major row", for example, usually means someone has voiced mild concern.

Doubtless other people will have their own favourite hate-words or phrases. I await them with interest!

Written by Sky News, February 06, 2008


i find the use of a word irrelevant, i would rather you report important news than pick and choose stories...

a bomb in new york is breaking news yet a bomb thrown into a van next to an electricity substation (and might i add that is the 4th car bomb in a few months and only 1 got reported on) doesnt even warrent a mention is bewildering..

and people complain about the use of a word being used too often.... totally mindboggling

If I may, such is the divine gift surrounding many a matter of education, that words used daily in one walk of life make some to appear to be [Walking On Clouds] whilst others persue the further delights of [Dj Tiesto]
As your most conspicuous of findings provide further re-assurance that many a word, if further explored may in actual fact have harmless meanings, then I'm afraid my list of favourite/hate words might take a considerable amount of thought.
Nonetheless, viewer comments are taken on-board by those contributing to the british airways with a view to provide unprejudiced access to what is factual and what may be otherwise construed as rhetoric in this divine culture of words.
I naturally thank Sky for giving me the opportunity to further my english language, as education education education remains my core objective in order to further contribute towards our GDP.
So, like the man that held a submarine hostage, demanded a ransom alongside a parachute, I can only but apologise for any element of detriment my culminations has had on the dictionary in this fast moving environment and further commit myself to provide digital clarity with peace of of mind to enjoy uninterrupted speed of dissemination at a cost Northern Rock would be proud of. Come On England!!!!

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