Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Unhappy clams
Ted Vaden, the public editor at The News & Observer, writes that some readers didn't like this front-page headline:

Done eating that oyster?
The state wants the shell

The readers prefer "finished" and argue that "done" is for cakes, not people — a distinction that's new to me.

UPDATE: Fellow blogger and former colleague Pam Nelson elaborates.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 11:59 AM | Permalink |


  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger fev

    Wow. That's the silliest made-up usage mandate I've heard since the weekend.

  • At 1:16 AM, Blogger Katie Schwing

    The readers have spoken!

    I feel like I've heard this one somewhere before, but I agree on the silly bit. Even sillier to mandate it in a headline. Egads.