I often see the expression "briefly noted" on weblog posts (and also New Yorker). In general, what does it mean to say "something is briefly noted".

Some Examples:

In New Yorker

Its use in an academic journal

The Brad DeLong's weblog

  • Yes...the Q should be self-contained. The comments are intended to clarify the question...but NOT just the link, also the citation. Apr 9, 2021 at 15:50
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    All those examples are titles, which don't obey the rules of grammar or meaning, and some of them look like they are deliberately intended to be plays on words. Apr 9, 2021 at 16:05
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    What exactly about that phrase needs to be explained?
    – jsw29
    Apr 9, 2021 at 17:00
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    IMO, it is just another way to say in brief Apr 9, 2021 at 17:37

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To "note" something is to recognize and then acknowledge or comment on it. To do something "briefly" is to do it for a short period of time. (Or, in reference to saying or writing something, to do so concisely or using only a few words.)

If something is "briefly noted", that means that one is only saying a little bit about it rather than describing it in depth.

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    +1 "Briefly" also means "using only a few words" or concisely, which might fit better when we're talking about blogs and journals.
    – ColleenV
    Apr 15, 2021 at 21:33
  • Good point. I've updated my answer accordingly. Apr 15, 2021 at 21:39

"Briefly Noted" is usually a category of "shorter than usual" articles in a magazine or other long-form publication. If the typical article is 1200 words, a "briefly noted" article might be 600 words or less.

For example, in the Pennsylvania Gazette Briefly Noted section, there are only two or three sentences about each topic. A typical feature story from the same publication is much longer—fifty or more paragraphs.

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