Back in the old days of journalism, copy editors prohibited adjectives and adverbs unless they were absolutely necessary to the story. Today, they are welcomed: the more the merrier. The New York Times is a champion. Example: In this one lede sentence on Dec. 18, 2018, the Times has five adjectives:
“BEIJING — Facing deepening tensions abroad and anxieties at home, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, delivered an unabashed defense of his policies Tuesday, using a key anniversary to argue that his recipe of guided growth under strong Communist Party control must not waver.”
I’m sure the reporters caught hell for not modifying “anxieties.” Like tensions, anxieties are usually “widening” or “growing.”
File under: All the news that’s fit to jazz up.