Thursday, June 19, 2008

More Fun With (the Lack of) Helping Verbs

Lesbians like straight men
No structural problem here, just a humorous linguistic coincidence that makes me think the headline writer was a robot, not a human.

4 comments:

Jon Boy said...

Or the headline writer was trying to be clever. Either way, there's no excuse. I don't think I would've realized that there was a missing helping verb there if it hadn't been pointed out.

Andy said...

I have a feeling it's actually intentional. The Register is often a little cheeky. Their headline for the suit against the Greek Gay and Lesbian Union was "Lesbians turn on lesbians in battle of Lesbos".

Girl with the Interesting Hair said...

good point, Andy. I know one of the editors here in San Francisco, and they're definitely a witty bunch. You can also tell that it's a UK publication from the brand of humor.

simon h b said...

Yes, I think the Register people knew exactly what they were doing with this one - a perfect example of a headline which manages to be funny while working well from a search engine point of view.