Thursday, July 28, 2005

Not good enough

Geoffrey Pullum at Language Log has a (well-founded) gripe about headline writers and science articles.

Headline writing about any involved topic is difficult; there are often too many ins and outs and what-have-yous to capture the nuances in five words or less. But that's no excuse for being wrong.

It's better to be right than interesting.

3 Comments:

At 1:03 AM, July 29, 2005, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

A fair gripe, but what's this "headline desk"?

 
At 1:22 AM, July 29, 2005, Blogger Peter Fisk said...


Linguists
Ponder
Language


Making the most of yesterday's unremarkable weather, a linguist, left, gestures obscenely as another linguist, right, looks on.

 
At 7:01 AM, July 29, 2005, Blogger Emil said...

"It's better to be right . . ." than almost anything.

 

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