Thursday, July 13, 2006
I don't like Mondays
Time elements in photo cutlines (or captions, if you prefer) are trouble. A day of the week paired with a present-tense verb creates a time-warp tension.

More often than not, cutline writers can leave out the day of the week, or in the case of standalone photos, save it for the second or third sentence of the cutline. Otherwise, readers trip, however briefly, over the thought of someone smoking some Monday as the man is described as doing in this standalone photo from the Orlando Sentinel. Did he inhale?

The blog Headsup discusses a similar situation here.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 3:19 PM | Permalink |