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    What do you call it?

    Dear Forum Users!

    Could anyone please tell me what we call the column of newspapers where they give weird pieces of news (just to shock readers), like 'killer cured then executed, and the like?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: What do you call it?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I googled and discovered that at least three organizations use the term offbeat news for "weird, strange, crazy, and

    odd stories":

    (a) The Associated Press (whose reporters supply news to newspapers, TV stations, etc. throughout the world).

    (b) USATODAY, one of the more popular newspapers in the United States of America.

    (c) A popular website that allows people to comment on the news. I cannot name it, for it allows unmoderated

    comments, many of which are controversial.

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    Re: What do you call it?

    Are you thinking of the tabloids?
    These are small newspapers that specialize in Hollywood gossip and bizzare stories.

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    Re: What do you call it?

    Hi TheParser,

    Can we say that if a reader is reading something in the offbeat column of a paper, he actually expects wierd pieces of news, stories, etc.? That is, he has presuppositions.

    Thank you.

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    Re: What do you call it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post

    Can we say that if a reader is reading something in the offbeat column of a paper, he actually expects wierd pieces of news, stories, etc.?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I believe that you are 100% correct.

    For example, I do not read USATODAY (it is also on the Web), but I should imagine that if someone clicks on the "offbeat

    news" section, s/he is looking for that kind of news.

    For example, when I get my morning newspaper, the first thing I do is to throw away the "sports" section because I could not

    care less about sports. But I turn to the "international news" section because I expect to read news about all the horrible

    things going on in the world. And when I turn to the "comic strips," I expect to get a good laugh.

    By the way, most American newspapers do not have an "offbeat news" section. They just put that kind of news in different

    sections.

    By the way No. 2: Besides reading USATODAY on the Web (Internet), you can find another newspaper with lots of offbeat

    news. It's a British paper called the DAILY MAIL. (It's also on the Web.)

    Happy reading!

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    Re: What do you call it?

    Thank you very much for your help, TheParser.

    Csika

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