[Ads-l] peg

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 11 20:01:10 UTC 2017

Nice, thank you.

The Random House and Dictionary entries also note that it’s called just a “peg”.


> On 11 Mar 2017, at 11:47, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> In Russell Smith’s "You think English is hard? Try Tuyuca” (
>> http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/you-think-english-is-hard-try-tuyuca/
>> article4311579/), he discusses the journalism term “peg” meaning an
>> underlying news story for an article.
>> Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peg <https://en.wiktionary.org/
>> wiki/peg>) has “a support; a reason’ a pretext” giving “a peg to hang a
>> claim upon” as an example. I think that could be widened just slightly to
>> include the journalism meaning or perhaps a separate definition is more
>> appropriate.
>> The online Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/
>> definition/peg) do not have such a definition but do have “a peg to hang
>> something on” as an idiom.
> Oxford Dictionaries does have "news peg" ("an aspect or angle of a story
> that makes it newsworthy"):
> https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/news_peg
> Also in Random House and Dictionary.com (which uses Random House
> definitions):
> http://dictionary.infoplease.com/news-peg
> http://www.dictionary.com/browse/news-peg

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