Editorial: The use of a dinky
Not "it’s dinky" but "it’s a dinky."
What is a dinky? You can look it up and find such definitions as "small and insignificant" or "acronym for Double Income, No Kids Yet."
Neither of these, however, applies to the peculiar use of dinky in newspaper work; for the full definition, search for "dinky newsprint." Dinky is one of those words of jargon that define what we do; and today, as part of our occasional series on odd newspaper terms, we tell you about it.
If the production manager tells the press crew to "put a dinky on it," he means to get a half-roll of newsprint, one that prints just one page on each side, and put it on the press. The Gazette-Journal press can accommodate up to six full rolls that print four pages each, front and back … it can print 24 pages.
But if we have a section that is 22 pages, as we do this week, we need to put on a roll that is half the width of the full roll. Thus, the dinky is called for.
Any time you get a newspaper section where the total number of pages cannot be divided by four (a section of 10, 14, 18 or 22 pages) hold it by the edges and start shaking. Try it tonight with this section. The full-width sheets of paper will remain in the section, and the dinky sheet with just two pages printed on it will fall to the floor, where your cat or dog will immediately make a bed and remain for the night, forcing you to put off finishing the paper until tomorrow.