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How, when, and why has the phrase ‘rip-off’ managed to enter common lexis? A decade ago, only the seedier tabloids would dared have printed a headline with this kind of slang. But within the last few years, the Daily Mail has picked up ‘rip-off’ and run with it, creating the whole image of a ‘rip-off Britain’.
Today, however, the phrase seems to have gone one step further – and one-step too far in my opinion. The Independent today includes the headline:
Banks accused of rip-off charges for holidaymakers
That’s a broadsheet newspaper printing clichéd slang-laden headlines. Even the story’s pretty old: If you don’t know by now that the banks will try and over-charge you in every conceivable situation – especially when you’re doing something different like going on holiday – then you’re rather slower than the rest of us.
It seems the British broadsheet culture still has a pulse… though even I’ll admit that it’s fading fast.