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Newspaper Etymology

Newspaper names are usually self-explanatory. Most sound very familiar but do you know their origins?

Gazette: < French gazette , < Italian gazzetta, apparently so called from the coin of that name (see gazet(t n.), which may have been the sum paid either for the paper itself or for the privilege of reading it; but a derivation < gazzetta , diminutive of gazza magpie, is not impossible.

Tribune: < Latin tribūnus , lit. ‘head of a tribe’.  1. A title designating one of several officers in the Roman administration; spec. a. tribune of the people (Latin tribūnus plebis), one of two (later five, then ten) officers appointed to protect the interests and rights of the plebeians from the patricians.

Herald: (noun) One who proclaims or announces the message of another; a messenger, envoy. Hence, a frequent title of newspapers, as The Morning Herald, etc.

Sentinel: = Sentry. An armed soldier or marine posted at a specified point to keep guard and to prevent the passing of an unauthorized person.

Bulletin: A short account or report of public news or events, issued by authority; applied esp., c1800, to a report sent from the seat of war by a commander for publication at home.

Source: Oxford English Dictionary