I’m refraining from making a donut joke

Leave a comment

March 24, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

Newspaper headlines can be a source of great amusement. They’re probably tough to write, as they have to squash an entire summary into a dozen words. Sometimes they don’t quite work, as a Chicago Tribune story indicates:

5 Tossed Out Of South Loop Restaurant, 1 Hits Cop

The mental image that springs to my mind is of a cop strolling back to the station house – whistling, for no reason I can think of – when he passes a South Loop restaurant. Suddenly, the door slams open and five bodies sail out! The poor cop can’t dodge quickly enough, so one of the bodies smacks into him. ‘Ow!’ he cries.

As you guessed, this is not actually what happened. (The fact that the URL for the story includes the phrase ‘police.officer.punched’ is closer to the mark.)

Even when you are restricted to very few words, precision is important.

That would probably be a fun writing exercise: find a headline and write the story it SHOULD be about.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Photo credit: Rahima Subhan

Tiny bio

I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.


CURRENTLY READING: The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo.

%d bloggers like this: