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 Post subject: Bad headline writing
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:38 pm 
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"Suspect's body found after two Memphis cops shot by wanted man barricaded in burning house"

- MSN.com is a reliable source of both badly composed and deliberately misleading headline writing. Couldn't swear that the above is the worst for poor writing, but I'd say it's way up there.

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 Post subject: Re: Bad headline writing
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:22 pm 
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I don't want to read that story. Could one of the grammar police please fix that headline so that I know what the story is actually about?

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 Post subject: Re: Bad headline writing
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:42 pm 
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mutepointe wrote:
I don't want to read that story. Could one of the grammar police please fix that headline so that I know what the story is actually about?

I only linked it to prove I didn't make it up, really. An easily better headline would have been, "Gunman sets fire to his holdout in fatal standoff". It's a bit wordy, but I think there may be no avoiding that. I'm sure someone could improve on it. Cops being shot, while unfortunate, is not headline material in this case. In a standoff, getting shot is a statistical likelihood for a cop, and further detail in the bigger story. "Wanted" really isn't necessary, either. Of course he's wanted. Would the law be after him otherwise? I would say that the best distillation of the story is found in four points: gunman, standoff, setting fire to his own shelter, and death of it.

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Isn't that pretty much how John Wilkes Booth ended up?
Wonder how those headlines read?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:46 pm 
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These are fun:

Syntactically Ambiguous Headlines

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 Post subject: Re: Bad headline writing
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:35 pm 
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Here's another:

Why Denise Richards Reportedly Wants to Give Up Custody of Charlie Sheen's Twins Is So Incredibly Sad

Again, no need to read the actual article. Your life is probably much the better for it if you don't. Just maintaining veracity by means of the link.

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Apparently the "Foot Heads Arms Body" headline was real. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Foot

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"10 inured in fish attack"

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"10 inured in fish attack"

Fish attack us once, shame on them. Fish attack us twice ... C'mon you finny suckers, bring it on!

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Nanohedron wrote:
"10 inured in fish attack"

I've grown accustomed to your plaice.


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kkrell wrote:
Nanohedron wrote:
"10 inured in fish attack"

I've grown accustomed to your plaice.

We have a winner! :thumbsup:

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Cyndi Lauper hit 'Kinky Boots' to get Canadian production from Mirvish

Not clear from the story why she hit them, or why she wanted to get the production away from Mirvish.


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That's... that's a strange bookmark.

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What else would one keep there?

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