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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Charlie Brown, May 26, 2007.

  1. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Member

    Is it a word? Do you use it in copy outside of quoted material?

    An old editor has guard dogs and tanks at the gate watching for "athleticism" in stories. He said athletic ability is not an "ism" such as communism, liberalism, conservatism, nepotism, deism, Catholicism, socialism, etc. Is it coachspeak? An ESPN word? Common enough to be acceptable? A cliche? I'm in the middle of a good debate on the subject.
  2. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    According to both Webster's Third International and the OED, ye olde editor is wrong.
  3. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Athleticism is a word -- an overused one, perhaps -- but definitely a word. Show it to your editor in the dictionary. It'll be hard for him to argue with that.
  4. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    I was told it was not a word by a news-sider, but showed it to her in the dictionary later and she was pissed. It was the first time I had used the word outside of a quote, but I really haven't used it much since.
  5. Central-KY-Kid

    Central-KY-Kid Well-Known Member

    The Associated Press allowed athleticism to appear in print (and not in a quote) in a May 14 article on Bryan Colangelo:


    And the word is indeed in the dictionary, as previous posters have pointed out:

  6. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

    Surprised that there was any question it was a word, period.
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Ev'rybody's talking about
    bagism, shagism, dragism, jagism, ragism, tagism
    Athleticism, asceticism, this-ism, that-ism.

    All we are saying, is give cliches a chance.
  8. C'mon, Starman, use the "ism, ism, ism" part. It's the best part.
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    No, the best part is when he yells at the Hare Krishna geeks, and they yell back.
  10. Is "spurtability" in the Oxford?
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    edit: spurtabilicism.
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