If dollops of trivial news are the best measure, we may never know when the silly season is over

The so-called “silly season” isn’t a Kiwi phenomenon.

According to Wikipedia, in the United Kingdom and in some other places

” … the silly season is the period lasting for a few summer months typified by the emergence of frivolous news stories in the media.

“It is known in many languages as the cucumber time.

“The term is first attested in 1861, was listed in the second (1894) edition of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and remains in use at the start of the 21st century. The fifteenth edition of Brewer’s expands on the second, defining the silly season as “the part of the year when Parliament and the Law Courts are not sitting (about August and September)”.

“In North America the period is often referred to prosaically as the slow news season, or less commonly with the phrase dog days of summer.

“In Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the silly season has come to refer to the Christmas/New Year festive period (which occurs during the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere) on account of the higher than usual number of social engagements where the consumption of alcohol is typical.”

Putting aside the question of alcohol consumption, how will we know when the 2019/20 silly season has ended?

Stuff headlines give a clue that it hasn’t expired yet.

A mate of the Point of Order team checked the Stuff website at 10.12pm yesterday.

He reports that these were presented in a section featuring the “latest news headlines” during his period of monitoring: 

9:36 PM

Jennifer Lopez perfectly matches her makeup to her baby blue gown

9:34 PM

Julian Edelman arrested for allegedly jumping on car

9:33 PM

Qantas sorry for dog death

9:33 PM

Yolanda Hadid thanks boyfriend Joseph Jingoli for a ‘beautiful’ birthday

9:31 PM

Liam Hemsworth and Gabriella Brooks confirm romance with PDA

9:28 PM

Anne Hathaway glitters in gold at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

9:27 PM

Missing kayaker was checking nets

9:26 PM

Russell Crowe bullish about Mitchell

We can see from this that Stuff last night was a trove for trivia.

Whether it publishes trivia in such hefty dollops only during the silly season is open to challenge.    

Hence we may never know when the silly season is over.


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