Friday, June 30, 2006
When headlines collapse
This ambiguous headline about trouble on the set of the latest Rob Schneider movie baffles Defamer, an L.A. gossip site:

Rob Schneider OK after movie set collapse

It's the sort of double meaning that also hurts these headlines:
  • Commander relieved after gondola crash
  • Prostitutes appeal to pope
  • Judges appear more lenient on crack cocaine (an example from The Lower Case at Columbia Journalism Review)
If a headline conveys multiple meanings, you can bet on the readers to take it the wrong way.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 10:36 AM | Permalink |