Manglazette (mang la ZET) – n. The newspaper at the top of the stack that everyone passes over, believing the ones beneath have better or fresher news.
No matter where it comes from, the stand at the grocery or discount store, or maybe one of those vending machines outside a local coffeehouse, quick-service restaurant, or doughnut shoppe, for some reason, when you look at the top of the stack, you find the manglazette. There might not really be anything wrong with the manglazette from outside appearances, but it often gets passed over by newspaper consumers, like the heel on a loaf of sliced bread. The news is the same, but the manglazette might be water damaged, hit with a coffee spill, or overly inky, even though it came from the same press as all the other papers in the stack.
So why do we do it, skip over that manglazette like it’s a piece of moldy bread heel? Does it matter if the first paper on the stack informs you of the bad weather coming your way, or of the scores of your favourite sports teams? Will the second paper tell you if the Dolphins beat the Raiders any better than the first one? Will the stats for Manchester United pop out better from the fourth paper in the stack? Will the movie reviews at the bottom make you want to see this weekend’s premiers more than the ones in the manglazette’s lifestyle section? I suppose with newspapers across the world losing readers to Net news, paper companies might be happy to see that traditions such as passing up the manglazette still exist.