Monday, February 4, 2008

Another Headline No One Edited

Headlines are condensed versions of standard English. They follow the same rules of usage, agreement, subordination and coordination as the fully expanded version. Some conventions have developed over the years for those times when editors must fit long words into narrow columns. But on a newspaper's Internet site, even monster constructions ("California's Schwarzenegger") have room to breathe. You kids have it soo easy.

So, please, why would anyone write -- much less publish this embarrassment -- at three o'clock in the afternoon? Even old-school editors are still sober at that hour.
Bush budget congressional bound with big defense and big deficits

Please don't tell your Journalism or English profs where you're working.

1 comment:

  1. Well ... on the bright side, at least it doesn't say "congressionally bound." Which sounds kind of kinky, come to think of it.