Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Noooogh!

Couple suggestions:

1) Pirates don't say "Arrrrgh!" They say "Arr!" Sometimes "Arr, arr!" But not "Arrrrgh!"
2) Baseball has a long season. You can consider that evidence of intelligent design or not, but imagine the consequences if every newspaper covering every team that plays Pittsburgh uses even one "Arr!" headline per season.

It's the same general principle that applies to ledes like "It's official": When the first line of your hed can be deleted with no effect on the hed itself, you have written a bad headline.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Tybalt said...

It's a pun headline, a double meaning. I thought it was quite obvious. I'm not defending it, but of course Pirates say "Arrr". And Tigers fans (I assume this was from the local?) will say "Arrrrgh" on reading of the Bengals' loss to the Buccos.

I'm still not defending it, and newspapers shouldn't cheerlead either, because news.

7:48 AM, May 30, 2013  
Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

I think Tybalt might be right, in which case it's even worse than you say.

7:52 AM, May 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless they lost to Charlie Brown, argh doesn't add much.

12:27 PM, May 30, 2013  

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