Headline from Hell

“Border force staff to walk out ahead of Olympics”

That’s from today’s Telegraph. Whoever wrote it gets a demerit in the clarity department.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

5 thoughts on “Headline from Hell”

      1. The funny image is of the border forcing staff to march at the head of the olympic opening ceremony parade

  1. Headline elision isn’t necessarily obscure. I once saw in Oxford a newspaper vendor’s poster with “Oxon man on wife murder bid charge”; the treble apposition isn’t elegant, but it’s unambiguous.

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