Q is for query

polite term used by editors meaning ‘Oi, writer, I have no idea what you are driffling on about.’

R is for reverse ferret

journo-euphemism for a 180-degree change of direct. Often hides realisation of calamitous misjudgement. Also redundo, payments made to journalists who invariably “couldn’t be happier” and were “just about to leave anyway”. Also readers,...