Five Minute Experiment, Day 3


4 comments posted

Mmm. Your semiautomatic typewriting had gothic flair last night, ma'am. This is interesting. And a great opening 'graf...

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 14:30

D'ya know about this resource?

Posted by Pearl (not verified) on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 14:42

coyote: what's a 'graf? is that some sort of semi-mythical word?

Pearl: I do - watched one episode a while ago. Don't even remember what it was about, but I do remember that I didn't love it. I'll have to rewatch.

Posted by megan on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 20:30

Oops. I forget my semi-mythical manners, using such arcane language, ma'am.

'Graf' is just prehistoric writer/printer shorthand for 'paragraph'. It's newspaper backshop jargon left over from the days when lead-spitting linotypes were state of the art, and clunking telexes were the only terminals anybody'd ever heard of... I believe it's still taught in some journalism schools for the insider appeal.

(If I'd wanted to be consciously wanky, I could've called it a 'lede graf'.)

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 18:02