Friday, 26 February 2010

Misleading Headlines No 97

The problem with newspaper headlines is that sometimes the desire for brevity conflicts with the need for clarity. A legendary example comes from the Second World War and announces (in one variant) "Eighth Army push bottles up Germans".

Unfortunately, that remains unverified as an actual headline. However, this from the Daily Mail is entirely true. In the online page 'header' it reads "Could you get away with (etc)?". However, on the internet page itself it has been abbreviated to the rather more eye-catching,

Could you pull off... Girls Aloud Nicola's red dress?

Well, it makes a change from discussing women bishops. Answers, as they say, on a postcard ...

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