tabloid


tabloid
[19] Tabloid originated as a trade-name for a brand of tablets of condensed medicine, registered in 1884 by Burroughs, Wellcome and Company. It was an alteration of tablet [14], which came from Old French tablete, a diminutive form of table (source of English table). This originally denoted a ‘slab for writing on or inscribing’. Such slabs would have been flat and often quite small, and in the late 16th century the term came to be applied to a ‘flat compressed piece of something’ – such as soap or medicine. The notion of ‘compression’ or ‘condensation’ underlies the use of tabloid for newspapers of small page size and ‘condensed’ versions of news stories, which emerged at the beginning of the 20th century (‘He advocated tabloid journalism’, Westminster gazette 1 January 1901). => TABLE
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   The term for a popular newspaper was adopted from the word devised in 1884 as a trade name (Tabloid) for a type of medicinal tablet. The popular papers are so called since they print the news in condensed form, like the ingredients compressed into a tablet.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Tabloid — Tab loid (t[a^]b loid), a. 1. Compressed or condensed, as into a tabloid; administrated in or as in tabloids, or small condensed bits; as, a tabloid form of imparting information. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. of or pertaining to a tabloid newspaper… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tabloid — (n.) 1884, small tablet of medicine, trademark name (by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co.) for compressed or concentrated chemicals and drugs, formed from TABLET (Cf. tablet) + Greek derived suffix OID (Cf. oid). By 1898, it was being used figuratively …   Etymology dictionary

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  • tabloid — / tæblɔid/, it. /ta blɔid/ s. ingl. [in origine, marchio di fabbrica, comp. di tabl(et ) tavoletta e oid oide ], usato in ital. al masch. 1. (farm.) [preparazione farmaceutica in forma di piccola tavola: t. masticabili contro l acidità ]… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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