Mighty Red Pen

October 27, 2007

Airways versus airwaves

Filed under: Overseen,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 6:26 pm

This came across MRP’s desk this week. The subject of the piece was radio broadcasting and this was the headline:

“Keeping the Airways Open”

It took me a minute to figure out what was wrong with it, but here’s the deal. This would be a headline for a story about, say, tracheotomies or the Heimlich manuever, but in a story about radios, the preferred term would be airwaves.

2 Comments »

  1. LOL Keeping airways open is important, too, y’know.

    Comment by Blue — October 29, 2007 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  2. Um, yes, I’d agree with that!

    Comment by mightyredpen — October 31, 2007 @ 7:55 pm | Reply


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