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The ambiguous headline

by: Romany Howes (10 December 2013)

I recently proofread a document in English that was written by a non-native English speaker and I have to say, it was one of the hardest tasks I have ever undertaken. Not because of the standard of the grammar and spelling which was excellent, but because of the ambiguity of some of the sentences. English is complex and potentially very ambiguous: if you haven't already seen it, check out the superb Two Ronnie's fork handles sketch as possibly the finest example of this. In the meantime, I have compiled a list of my very favourite headlines: see how even the media experts can get it wrong!

  • Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge
  • Miners Refuse to Work After Death
  • Reagan Wins On Budget But More Lies Ahead
  • One Armed Man Applauds the Kindness of Strangers
  • Robber Jailed For Shooting Dead Witness
  • Report Shows Need For Paper Cuts
  • Police Alert on Stolen Drugs
  • Glass Centre Visitors Go Through The Roof
  • Man In Court Over St Paulís Death
  • Rare Flower Found On A Site A Plant, Say Developers
  • Girl Hit By Car In Hospital
  • French Youths Speak Their Own Language
  • Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
  • Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
  • Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Checkout Counter
  • Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years
  • Volunteers Search for Old Civil War Planes

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Comments...

Ref: 37 Very amusing. I can't believe editors did not spot these glaring errors!
Garry - 16:55 10-12-2013

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