Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sub-editing for beginners

Here's another one, from the front page of today's Daily Telegraph, and as laid out on the printed page:
Lightning hits man
with barbecue fork
And to think of all those years Malcolm wasted, pointing out the deficient expression in examples such as:
  • There's a man at the door with a wooden leg called Fred. [What's his other leg called? Oi!]
  • Woman with large chest needs man with van.
  • Please wait for the hostess to be seated.
  • Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.
  • etc.
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