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On writing headlines

Canadian newspapers wasted an opportunity yesterday. Not a single one of them had a decent headline to announce that Saddam Hussein had been captured. They were all lousy.

The Sun read "Trapped Rat". Trapped Rat? Do they know what rats are? I know his captors want him to be a rat, but the mere fact of his capture does not make him into one in the way it is colloquially used.

Both the National Post and the Toronto Star used "'We got him'". Sure, it's a quote. No, it's not good headline writing. I feel rather sorry for both newspapers' headline writers. Surely major headlines should be a chance for them to shine at their work.

I can't remember what the Globe and Mail used - it was certainly more informative, if extremely bland, whatever it was.

I hope that your local newspaper's headline writer did better than the ones around here did.

In more interesting headline news, I saw a tabloid headline yesterday announcing "Jackson charges loom". This, of course, left me to wonder what Jackson was charging the loom with. Being a bit warped? Fraying sanity? Be-weft of its senses?

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retsuko
Dec. 17th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
*laughs at the loom thing*

The newspapers here (the Vancouver Sun and the embarassingly stupid Province, both went with "We got him" on the day of; the P. continued its coverage the next day, but the Sun went back to local issues when the local mass murderer had seven more charges added to his list. Depressing days of poor writing and content... ^-^;;
hilly02
Dec. 17th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
best defense ever...
It wasn't me. It was the loom.
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