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News
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1. Concept

“News” is first attested in English representing the Latin nova (“new things”) in John Wycliffe’s translation of the Vulgate (1382), and it first came into use in the sense of “tidings” in the early 14th century. According to Grimm’s dictionary, the German Nachricht (“piece of news,” “tidings”) first carried the sense of “message to be acted upon [darnachrichten] and heeded” [1]. The German term thus did not refer to just any piece of new information, but …

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Requate, Jörg, “News”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024483>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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