A headline (/hedlaɪn/) is the large type summary of a newspaper article.
Headlinese[edit | edit source]
- Events that have happened are typically described using the present simple, even though they are in past time. For example, "Prince Harry pays back £2.4m for Frogmore Cottage renovation"
- Events that will happen in future time use an infinitive of purpose, e.g. "Austrian minister to travel to Iran amid nuclear tensions"
- A pun - "Man who snatched wig will have toupee" (toupee being a homophone with "to pay").
- "The Liar, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (referencing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis).
- "Don’t Cry for Me Argie Cleaner" (referencing the song "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina" from the musical Evita.
- "I’m Only Here for de Beers" a pun on the rhyme saying "I’m only here for the beer"
The situation is further complicated by the fact that a large amount of cultural information is frequently necessary to understand the "meaning" of the headline.
References[edit | edit source]
- Merriam-Webster Online dictionary