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Using the term swine flu

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Is anyone working at a paper using the term novel flu instead of swine flu because pork producers don't like the term?

    It's nice that we are trying to come up with terms to calm people's nerves instead of making them read the actual story to know that you can't get swine flu from eating pork.
     
  2. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    But what do the authors think?
     
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Seems like calling it "novel flu" would keep people out of libraries and bookstores.
     
  4. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Newspaper flu doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.
     
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    You all are now:

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hG6zmXnY6v5La-llZ8qbQIrdE-WAD97SSVDG0
     
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    H1N1 influenza A doesn't scare me nearly as much as swine flu.
     
  7. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    The birds of bird flu will be pissed if we protect the pigs.
     
  8. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Call it the H1N1 virus which is known as swine flu.
     
  9. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Around here, we just call it "The Squeals."

    "Where's Nosey News-Side Girl?"

    "At home, sick. I think she's got the squeals."



    I think our copy desk is still deciding how to define it in the paper and online.
     
  10. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    I've given Nosy Newside Girl the squeals many a time. ;)
     
  11. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    You only write about swine when it makes people sick.
     
  12. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I had that for a good chunk of my 20s.

    I believe the PC term is porcine. It's less offensive to pigs.
     
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