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    GoodTaste is offline Key Member
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    news dump

    Does "news dump" mean "news that are full of craps"/"useless news"?


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    Like most aspects of Trumpís presidency, the perceived news dump enraged his detractors and buoyed his most ardent supporters, while leaving open the question of how it will be received by voters who donít fit neatly into either camp.

    Source: WashingtonPost

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    Tdol is online now Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: news dump

    If you dump news, you release something you think will be unpopular at a time when it will get the least attention. People were distracted by the disaster, so these stories would get less attention than normal if released on Friday evening.

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    Re: news dump

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    news that is full of crap
    "Crap" is a mass noun. It has no plural.

    The reason the spell checker didn't complain about "craps" is because it assumed you intended the third-person singular verb instead.

    Also, "news" always uses a singular verb.

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    Re: news dump

    The spell checker might also have thought you meant the casino dice game "craps".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: news dump

    Craps is also played outside of casinos, at least in North America. In my youth I played quite a bit, mostly in people's homes but occasionally in back alleys (mews for you speakers of BrE).

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    Re: news dump

    probus, 'back alleys' or 'back streets' are just fine for us. Mews are now stylish areas with posh houses.

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