Are you a copy-editor? Or finicky about grammar? Then these headline fails will make you cringe. Or laugh.
When John P Lopez tweeted a picture of The Pratt Tribune highlighting a particular problem that the organisation seemed to have missed, it became a subject of debate. The tweet, featuring a poorly-written newspaper headline, has gone viral reducing people to tears.. of laughter. It reads: “Students get first hand job experience.” The copy-ed responsible seems to be pretty stingy with his/her hyphens.
The ‘hyphenation debate’ debate that followed is worthy of a binge-read session, with some buttery popcorn by the side.
As far as media organisations go, it isn’t such a big deal for having typos, grammatical mistakes, happens all the time, right? But then Twitter began to share other epic headline fails:
— Ian Parry-Okeden (@IanParryO) October 30, 2017
— AOrp (@AOrp27) October 29, 2017
Or a lucky teen maybe?
Lucky teen. I think. pic.twitter.com/ct95iwPE7Q
— Rhys (@williamsr_34) October 30, 2017
— Emily (@ThePlanetEmily) October 30, 2017
The grammar police was there in a jiffy to bust out the gross mistake (in case you consider it a mistake, the verdict isn’t out yet guys)
— Ted Cox (@tedcoxchicago) October 31, 2017
It got interesting when people demanded proofreaders and pretended mirth with the hyphen issue
“Should we cut the proofreader in the next round of layoffs?”
— New Face of Cancer (@NewFaceofCance1) October 30, 2017
And whoever said that hyphenation is an old-fashioned practice, would you please stand up?
Our house style discourages the hyphenisation of adjectival phrases, viewing the practice as old fashioned. I’ll send this to the Comms Dir.
— Malcolm Edwards (@MSEPlanning) October 31, 2017
For anyone who is still confused, a Twitter user was kind enough to provide a helpful link:
Did you do that on purpose? https://t.co/O4BexC4K5Y
— Kambeii (@Kambeii) October 31, 2017
And to end all discussion, ‘coz poof this is such a non-issue
As others have pointed out, not a hyphen issue. Firsthand. Secondhand. Any hand.
— Omar Khayyam (@TheMovingFingr) October 31, 2017
So, what is your call, Firsthand or first-hand?
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