Let’s cut to the chase: quotes from MJA contributors in 2008

Ann T Gregory
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02228.x
Published online: 1 December 2008

The phrase “cut to the chase” is thought to have originated as a script direction in early silent films which, after some romantic meanderings, would often climax in chase scenes.1 The phrase’s figurative meaning — to get straight to the point — emerged by the 1940s, and is very popular with MJA medical editors today when advising aspiring contributors. We like original submissions that are pithy and leave no doubt as to their intention.

  • Ann T Gregory

  • Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.



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