Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Sun Dec 4 17:48:47 UTC 2005

On Dec 3, 2005, at 17:35, Fred Shapiro wrote:

> The term "graf," I guess, is journalistese for "paragraph."  I
> don't see
> it in the OED or Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate.  Is this a fairly
> common word that has eluded the dictionaries?

Like Evan said, it's very common among journos. It's common in book
publishing too, so I think the reason it doesn't appear in the major
dictionaries is because it's jargon, not because it has escaped notice.

Grant Barrett
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org

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