Off topic: The perils of English headline writing
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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Feb 1, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/magazine/31FOB-onlanguage-t.html?emc=eta1




[Edited at 2010-02-01 21:11 GMT]


 

xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Loved it, thanks! Feb 1, 2010

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Absolutely fantastic! Feb 1, 2010

"Gator Attacks Puzzle Experts"... my favourite. Thanks for sharing! It's always great to have a healthy laugh!!

 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Some found by "Private Eye" in the 70s and 80s Feb 1, 2010

Many MPs use Heath for sex, says gay group (Edward Heath was Prime Minister at the time)
Rats protest at rundown city houses
Tree expert sent in to top Arab
GREAT YARMOUTH OPEN BOWELS FESTIVAL
First leg over in BMA elections
MAN SHOT DEAD BY POLICE STATION
Condom is back in French pack (this is about a French rugby player named Condom)
Police in barrels warning
SMOKING KILLS Health Department's Chief Medical Officer


 

Bilbo Baggins
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Some others:-) Feb 2, 2010

Jack Doughty wrote:

Many MPs use Heath for sex, says gay group (Edward Heath was Prime Minister at the time)
Rats protest at rundown city houses
Tree expert sent in to top Arab
GREAT YARMOUTH OPEN BOWELS FESTIVAL
First leg over in BMA elections
MAN SHOT DEAD BY POLICE STATION
Condom is back in French pack (this is about a French rugby player named Condom)
Police in barrels warning
SMOKING KILLS Health Department's Chief Medical Officer


Dead man found in graveyard.

Dead policeman in the force for fifteen years.

You're going to call him Sean? What kind of a name is that? Every Tom, Dick and Harry's called Sean.

Traffic lights stolen from . Police said, "Some thieves will stop at nothing."


 

Wendy Cummings  Identity Verified
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one more Feb 5, 2010

Head Foots Arms Body


A former minister named Head put forward the funding for a weapons agency...

heehee.


 

Jaroslaw Michalak  Identity Verified
Poland
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Not a headline... Feb 5, 2010

This is not a headline, but I thought about this topic immediately...

My wife has been buying some cosmetics and came home with whipped body cream. I said: "But darling! Why you need that for? I'm not that kind of husband, you know...".


 

NancyLynn
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Another one Feb 5, 2010

Coalition skirts abortion issue

 

Alistair Gainey  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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My thoughts on this issue Feb 5, 2010

Wendy Leech wrote:

Head Foots Arms Body

A former minister named Head put forward the funding for a weapons agency...

heehee.


Nearly! I think you mean Foot Heads Arms Body, don't you? (About former Labour leader Michael Foot)


 

Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
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Italian to English
The tradition continues Feb 5, 2010

Private Eye still publishes ambiguous headlines that readers send in. Two recent pearls are:

Drug runner hid crack in his pants

and a story about a mobile phone company's plans for a church steeple:

Public 'mast' debate

Sub-editors on provincial newspapers must get really, really boredicon_wink.gif


 


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