Did I Read That Right? 02.21.11 Search

What You Write is Not Necessarily What You Intended

Joan Gillman

Unintended Meanings in Headlines

These are from actual headlines that appeared in the press…

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Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one appeared in the SGV Tribune. After a reader called in, it took the editor two or three readings before the he realized that what he was reading was impossible. They put in a correction the next day.

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Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

No crap, really? Ya think?

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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Now that’s taking things a bit far!

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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

What a guy!

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Miners Refuse to Work after Death

No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!

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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

See if that works any better than a fair trial!

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War Dims Hope for Peace

I can see where it might have that effect!

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If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

Ya think?!

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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Who would have thought!

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Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

They may be on to something!

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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape?

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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge

He probably IS the battery charge!

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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Weren’t they fat enough?!

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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That’s what he gets for eating those beans!

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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Do they taste like chicken?

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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

That’ll teach’m to be dropouts!

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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall!

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And the winner is….

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

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