headline humor source

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSU.EDU
Mon Jul 29 17:51:14 UTC 2002

I finally got a copy of that book that Larry mentioned, "Squad Helps Dog
Bite Victim and other flubs from the nation's press", and learned from it
that the Columbia Journalism Review has a regular feature with such items,
called "The Lower case". It is on the inside back cover of each issue. Some
headlines are funny but linguistically not-so-interesting typos or inanities
("Journalists say voters hold key to November election"), but most issues
have at least a couple of nice examples of syntactic or scope ambiguity or
something else of interest (in the most recent issue, "Police Stop Slaying
Suspect Look-alikes" and "Panda Lectures This Week at National Zoo").

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