You may not recognise the phrase, but if you have ever picked up a paper you’ll have come across journalese’. Essentially, it covers words and phrases that are only found in newspapers whether tabloid or broadsheet. Without them, how would our intrepid journalists be able to describe a world in which late-night revellers go on booze-fuelled rampages, where tots in peril are saved by have-a-go heroes, and where troubled stars lash out in foul-mouthed tirades? When Rob Hutton began collecting examples of journalese online, he provoked a Twitter storm’, and was left reeling’ by the bumper crop’ of examples that flooded in’. He realized that phrases which started as shorthand to help readers have become a dialect which is often meaningless or vacuous to non-journalese speakers. In a courageous attempt both to wean journalists off their journalese habit, and provide elucidation for the rest of us, Romps, Tots and Boffins will catalogue the highs and lows of this strange language, celebrating the best examples (test-tube baby’, mad cow disease’), marvelling at the quirky (boffins’, frogmen’) and condemning the worst (rant’, snub’, sirs’). It will be a must-read’ page-turner’ that may cause a stir’, fuel controversy’, or even spark’ tough new rules’ in newsrooms.