Sunday, May 22, 2005

Helper verbs can help

We tend to drop the helper verbs in headlines, but sometimes they come in handy. Consider this from Saturday:

U.S. angry photos
of Saddam released


So were the photos angry or is the U.S. angry? If you had to read it even 1 1 /2 times , that's too unclear when the fix is easy:

U.S. is angry photos
of Saddam released

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