Thursday, April 20, 2006

The headline writer's art

Michael Frayn famously discussed headline language in his novel The Tin Men. You can find a summary of his conclusions here.

The art, I am pleased to report, is alive and well in Shropshire:
Teenager in well plunge

1 comment:

Joe Otten said...

should of course be

teen well plunge

followed by

teen well plunge probe

and perhaps

teen well plunge probe move

Tin Men had fabulous characterisations of scientists cum software engineers well before software engineering really existed. Better than Spies and certainly better than Towards the End of the Morning. Comparable with Landing on the Sun and the Trick of it, I would say.