Archive for Headlines


Facebook notifications often show an abbreviated version of some of the text that they’re about. In particular, notifications about shared links show an abbreviated version of the linked-to piece’s headline/title, with an ellipsis at the end. Which sometimes makes me want to complete the truncated title. Which can have entertaining results. I’ve been meaning for […]

Carrying cocaine

NBC News headline: Dramatic video shows Coast Guard leaping onto submarine carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine I honestly wondered for a moment why and how the Coast Guard was carrying so much cocaine while leaping onto a submarine.

More about colon-as-attribution-signifier

As I’ve noted before (though possibly not here in Words & Stuff), I feel like the common practice of using a colon in a newspaper headline to indicate attribution can lead to amusing confusion. The latest example I’ve come across isn’t quite the same thing; instead of attribution per se, it’s using a colon to […]

Texas city

Eyebrow-raising headline: BP plans to sell Texas city, California plants I knew BP was powerful, but do they really own an entire city in Texas? The first line of the...


There's a stylistic convention in newspaper headlines that I never got the hang of: paraphrasing something someone said, then a colon, then an indication of whoever it was that said...