Good, Bad, and Ugly

The last scupper?

April 19, 2010

Volcanic ash cloud may scupper Polish funeral plan

CYPRUS-ELECTION/The title reads “Volcanic ash cloud may scupper Polish funeral plan” and I am wondering if this should not be “Volcanic ash cloud may scuttle Polish funeral plan” instead.

Whose statue?

April 7, 2010

Senegal’s “renaissance woman” faces cover-up

SENEGAL-MONUMENT/DAKAR (Reuters) – The skimpily-dressed female figure in Senegal’s giant monument to the “African Renaissance” faces a possible cover-up after the architect on Monday said he had proposed a remodeling to cover up her bare legs.

Turning the tables

April 6, 2010

Pakistan tables long-awaited constitutional reforms PAKISTAN-BHUTTO/

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistani government introduced a constitutional bill in parliament Friday to transfer President Asif Ali Zardari’s sweeping powers to the prime minister, possibly ending months of political wrangling.


March 17, 2010

EU exec to put Greek plan to finmins, Germany doubtful

EUROFIN/What on earth is a “finmin?”

James T.

It’s a bit of headline shorthand for finance ministers, but it doesn’t travel well, especially in places that don’t have finance ministers.

Gibe vs. Jibe

February 26, 2010

Vonn hurt by Mancuso jibe over popularity

OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/SUPERG-Does anyone there have a journalism degree or maybe English?

Jibe = sailing term. Gibe = mocking term.

How does this make a worldwide article headline?


In British English, jibe is the correct spelling for the word Americans know as gibe: GBU Editor

His name is Toyoda

February 25, 2010

After stoic showing in Congress, Toyoda breaks into tears

TOYOTAIt’s Toyota, not “Toyoda”.  My God, man, who’s writing these headlines? Andy Capp?

Nazis and Dresden…

February 16, 2010

German protesters stop neo-Nazi march in Dresden

GERMANY-NEONAZIS/DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – At least 10,000 Germans formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday and stopped neo-Nazis staging a funeral march to remember victims of the Allied air raid that flattened the city 65 years ago.

Unseasonably cold?

February 11, 2010

Unseasonable cold to hit next week

WEATHER-USA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Unseasonably cold weather should settle over key heating fuel consuming regions of the United States next week in the wake of heavy snow expected this weekend, weather forecasters predicted Thursday.

Playing his what?

February 10, 2010

For New Orleans, victory is about more than football

BRITAIN HARRODS“I wouldn’t trade these memories for all the doubloons in Mardi Gras,” said Robert Peri, who said he spent Sunday night on the balcony of his French Quarter hotel, playing “When the Saints Come Marching In” on his coronet.

Hyping the blizzard?

February 8, 2010


Blizzard paralyzes U.S. mid-Atlantic; two killed

I just wanted to pass on my annoyance at your misleading headline this morning about the storm that hit the mid-Atlantic. The way your headline is written makes it sound as if two people froze to death, were buried/stranded under some type of hazardous snow drift, or saw their car slide on frozen roads into a bunch of others, etc.