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I have noticed increasingly in articles the propensity to mention a houses worth. Take this story today from the mail

This bit

A month after they split, **** killed Miss Hustler's father, Adam, 41, and injured his 40-year-old wife, Amanda, at their £500,000 home in Cornwall. He then attempted to take his own life

And the relevance of the house price?

is it

A. Jehovas witnesses should not have 500.000 pound homes

B. A sad loss to society of a man that had managed to get a 500.000 pound home

C. The guilty man was jealous of the 500.000 pound house and hence this was partly the motive for the killing?

D. lets use every opportunity to ram home to the UK populace that house prices (especially high ones) are a good thing so we will slip references to them in at every opportunity!

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Same reason Super Ted (28) appears in print. To allow you to form an instant mental picture of the person. In our society, rightly or wrongly, nothing tells you more about a person than age and wealth and for most people the second factor is expressed most obviously in their housing arrangements.

Super Ted (living with inlaws)

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I think its just a sly way of saying "this person is middle-class/aspirational" without sounding like a class/money obsessed loon. Sadly with the standard of journalism set so low at such tabloid periodicals we all saw through it immediately, wise devils that we are.

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I'm not sure that there is a hidden relevance. It's just something to pad-out the story, perhaps.

Rather like 'the 14-year-old schoolboy' and '12-year-old schoolgirl' who appear in stories as if they might be something else such as a police constable or all-in wrestler.

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It is a measure of success, this is a successful person

Depends on how much of the home they actually owned.

Whilst it could be used as a measure of success, it could also be used as a measure of stupidity. Without an additional detailed financial breakdown - it is impossible to tell either way.

So the reader is left with one impression - Big expensive house = Success.

The actual reality may be the complete opposite.

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Depends on how much of the home they actually owned.

Whilst it could be used as a measure of success, it could also be used as a measure of stupidity. Without an additional detailed financial breakdown - it is impossible to tell either way.

So the reader is left with one impression - Big expensive house = Success.

The actual reality may be the complete opposite.

+1

Perhaps the report should read..............

".........................at the house on which they have a £400.000 mortgage........"

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If he wants to become more famous he should jump off the top of his house holding a glass of champagne

Wearing his Hugo Boss suit and slightly soiling his Calvin Klein underwear which was washed with Persil berry-scented XL washing powder, the night before. Before being placed over his tight glutes and washed **** (8").

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I'm not sure that there is a hidden relevance. It's just something to pad-out the story, perhaps.

Rather like 'the 14-year-old schoolboy' and '12-year-old schoolgirl' who appear in stories as if they might be something else such as a police constable or all-in wrestler.

more like 14 year old school child, if the chinese government quaranteens him, or 14 year old youth if he's beaten a granny for her pension.

its done to sharpen the Angle.

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I have noticed increasingly in articles the propensity to mention a houses worth. Take this story today from the mail

It's a tabloid newspaper - their only measure of a person is their financial value.

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Also there is the gradual supplanting of the perfectly adequate word 'house' with the ambiguous, inadequate word 'property', which when examined is really just the wrong word to use if you are trying to indicate a house.

The TV series ‘Most haunted’ was a good example, the lady in that series would always refer to any situation or place she found herself in; be it a castle, woodland, abandoned railway station or cave; as a 'property' and she would unnecessarily use the word about 50 times in each episode.

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Also there is the gradual supplanting of the perfectly adequate word 'house' with the ambiguous, inadequate word 'property', which when examined is really just the wrong word to use if you are trying to indicate a house.

The TV series ‘Most haunted’ was a good example, the lady in that series would always refer to any situation or place she found herself in; be it a castle, woodland, abandoned railway station or cave; as a 'property' and she would unnecessarily use the word about 50 times in each episode.

A bizarre use of a legalistic word with limited/specific definitions - why anyone would want to use it in such a context is beyond me. Was everything in this individual's mindset reduced to thinking in terms of money? Perhaps she was an estate agent in a previous incarnation and saw a ghost as a USP!

Was in not Wilde who had something to say about those who new the price of everything and the value of nothing?

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