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Charlotte Observer needs a headline editor

This is the headline from a story in today’s paper:

John Forlines, N.C. banking figurehead, dies at 92″

Somehow, I don’t think the family of the deceased will be saving this article in any scrapbooks.

3 Comments

  1. Stephen

    July 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    OK, I’m slow. What’s the problem with that headline? (BTW, it’s no longer the headline, so someone else obviously get’s what I don’t!)

  2. Rob Schofield

    July 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Well, I think they changed it because of this definition:

    fig·ure·head [fig-yer-hed] –noun

    1. a person who is head of a group, company, etc., in title but actually has no real authority or responsibility: Most modern kings and queens are figureheads.”

    It would seem that their new choice (“Dean”) is a tad more respectful.

  3. AdamL

    July 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I guess “figurehead” fit the space for the headline and someone didn’t get the definition. Once it’s online you can change it to anything b/c space doesn’t matter.