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    the style of language used in newspaper headlines, which tries to save space by leaving out words such as 'the'; for example 'PM hails breakthrough in pay talks'

    Just as an example, headlinese uses the infinitive to mark the futurein declarative sentences and allows singular count NPs withoutdeterminers ("Obamas to buy puppy"), but these are ungrammaticalstructures in English.

    Submitted by Harris Park from United Kingdom on 25/03/2011
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gig economy

an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employment

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a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputation

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