paper: newspaper?

Hello

Context: “Doesn’t this guy read the papers?” you’re thinking. “Doesn’t he know that everyone is calling this a comeback season or the sitcom and that Ms. Deschanel’s show is one of the most popular around? Dude’s not right in the head.” (New York Times)

Is "paper" a shortening of "newspaper" or not? I just read in Dictionary.com that "paper" not only includes "newspaper", but also includes "journal". What does "paper" mean to you?

Dictionary.com: 6. a newspaper or journal. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/paper

And also in Wiktionary, 2. a newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine). http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/paper
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi Alva

    "Paper", in your context, is - to me - a short form of "newspaper". It doesn't include journals or magazines:).

    EDIT: cross-posted with Trope: I see we agree!
     

    Trope

    Senior Member
    American English
    "Don't you read the papers?", by the way, is an idiomatic phrase to convey shock that someone does not know something that you think is common knowledge.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Certainly it may, PaulQ. But could it mean that in Alva's context?

    (I'd say it couldn't:).)
    I was responding to "I just read in Dictionary.com that "paper" not only includes "newspaper", but also includes "journal"."
     
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