Saturday, September 25, 2004

Headline bloopers

Paula LaRocque, a former writing coach at the Dallas Morning News and author "The Book on Writing," wrote a column on headlines that catch your eye for the wrong reasons.

Some examples:
Wal-Mart CEO: Consumers Affected by Gas
China Sensors 'Cold Mountain' Love Scenes
All Hospitals Aren't Created Equally
Florida May Need Disabled Voting Machines
Crowds Rushing To See Pope Trample Man To Death

In the process, she tucks in some lessons on adverbs vs. adjectives ("The adverb equally modifies the act of creation, while the adjective equal modifies the thing created"), double meanings, and misplaced modifiers.

It's fun reading and ends with a list of erring headlines, sans comment.


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