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Hooray! Correct use of “pressurised” spotted

June 7, 2010 Leave a comment

From Richard North’s EUReferendum website, about the euro:

What we have been seeing, says Steven Barrow, a currencies analyst at Standard Bank in London, was “the market pressurized the whole of the eurozone.”

Quite correct, at least in its use of “pressurise”, which, as eny fule kno, means:

produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in (a gas or its container)

It does not mean “press”, “force”, “persuade” or any similar simple synonym that lazy, unthinking churnalists in the MSM commonly use it to sound big and clever.

What Mr Barrow is saying is that the markets created such an “atmosphere” within the eurozone, in the same way a plane does within its passenger and flight crew cabins, that the euro reacted in a certain way.  An apt and therefore striking metaphor.

Given the weblink on Mr North’s page and the American spelling “pressurize” I take it this is from the Wall Street Journal, which is hidden behind one of Mr Murdoch’s fabulous (but doomed) new paywalls, so I can’t quote from it directly.

Categories: churnalism, fad words, Jargon

Angela Merkel bullies bankers, launches media fad word

May 31, 2010 Leave a comment
Angela Merkel

Merkel: The Existential Chancellor

Well, it won’t be the first time in history that someone’s said this, but really, it’s all the German Chancellor’s fault.

On May 19, as the Greek euro crashed and burned, the Times reported Chancellor Angela Merkel “after introducing the short-selling ban and a new tax on banks … said: ‘This challenge is existential and we have to rise to it. The euro is in danger’.”

Existential? Existential?? Read more…

Are you sensitised to this jargon?

May 10, 2010 Leave a comment

A downpage nib from today’s Guardian:

Premature babies ‘more sensitised to pain’

Premature babies are sensitised to pain by intensive care treatments they receive after birth, a new study suggests.

First up, “sensitise” is a jargon, scientific word. It means “to make someone or something respond to certain stimuli”. So what the Guardian is telling us is that premature babies respond to pain because of intensive care. Read more…