Mighty Red Pen

February 16, 2009

When headlines leave you hanging

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 8:01 pm
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This little tidbit was spotted on boston.com the other day. It did not mean what it seems to mean.


There are not any students on crucifixes reflecting at Boston College (or really anywhere else, I would imagine). Rather, students and staff at BC are reflecting on the new crucifixes and other Catholic symbols displayed throughout the campus. Perhaps a better headline here would have been BC staff, students reflect on crucifixes. Maybe not 100 percent better, but at least we don’t have the sense that BC is taking its mission as a Catholic college a little too seriously.



  1. Geez, that’s taking academic probation to new extremes.

    Comment by Nancy a.k.a. Roving Lemon — February 16, 2009 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  2. And it’s not even Lent yet.

    Comment by Granny — February 16, 2009 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  3. Listen, all they needed was another comma. There’s a long-standing rule that if you have a series w/ no “and,” you put a comma after the last item in the series.


    Reflections of BC staff, students, on crucifixes

    Comment by TootsNYC — February 19, 2009 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  4. @Toots: Of course! This is why we call you the Great Queen Copy Editor, no?

    Comment by mighty red pen — February 19, 2009 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  5. I’m not sure about this whole ‘noun, noun’ business in headlines. UK papers usually opt for a conjuction.

    Comment by JD (The Engine Room) — February 22, 2009 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

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