Perhaps you’ve seen this floating around the interwebs in the last couple of days:
Hadn’t you heard? The word ‘news’ is actually an acronym for Notable Events, Weather and Sport.
It makes perfect sense. Doesn’t it? Doesn’t it?
Twitter seems to think so, with the information spreading far and wide, with re-tweet after re-tweet announcing this is brand new, shiny information we all must know and consume and understand right away.
Except this shiny, brand new information is not shiny and new at all, and certainly not factually correct.
Before long, the acronym was shot to the ground by those who know best, with many proclaiming, ‘how silly! It clearly stands for North, East, West, South instead’.