The headline for this AP article didn’t turn out to be what, at first glance, I thought it was:
The article is about the divorce of Julie and Hillary Goodridge, one of the couples whose lawsuit (Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health) led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
When I first saw the headline, I thought it meant, “the couple is fighting to get a divorce.” In fact, it meant “the couple that led the fight for gay marriage will divorce.” Not any acrimonious, mud-slinging event. Just a small reminder that word choice and order can be very, very important.
Update 2/4: Here’s another that appeared on boston.com.
Wow, those girls from Needham really have it in for the Charles River otters!