Sunday, March 8, 2015

On Language: Old News

The phrase "old news" is actually an oxymoron. It certainly sounds like one at first, but as the word "news" has come to imply new events and new happenings, people tend to discount it as such.

Sometimes, your first impression is the right impression.

The word "news" was originally a plural noun, not a singular one in and of itself. "All the news" being equivalent to "everything new."

For something new to be old, it has to first stop being new; old things happening should more correctly be called "olds."

If that doesn't satisfy you, and you'd rather just read about things happening in the world (or rather, criticisms of them), swing by DreamCrassier and tell me what you think. Or better yet, find some "news' that rubs you the wrong way and send it to us.