'News' pertaining to the reporting of factual stories across the globe does not, as widely believed, take its name from the fact that the stories are 'new'.

The word is in fact an acronym used to represent the four significant points of the compass - North, South, East, and West - chosen to indicate the global nature of the 'News'.

I suppose they could have called it 'NSEW' but it just doesn't sound as good does it?

Interesting stuff here from lioncub. In fact, News in every language is actually amusing acronyms :

Of course, the fact that all these words bear a relation to the word for 'new' in their respective languages is merely coincidental.

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