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  • I spent nearly two and a half decades as a reporter and editor; I never saw or heard the term “reverse ferret.” Is it restricted to the UK? or have I missed something?

  • Marc: yes, I think reverse ferret is a purely British expression, and a very good example opf a sublanguage term. There’s a good explanation of the term and its origins in Wikipedia. The key person is the legendary Fleet Street editor Kelvin MacKenzie, who probably isn’t well known outside the UK but who – as Editor of the best-selling ‘Sun’ newspaper in the days of Margaret Thatcher – was one of the most feared and influential people in the country.