Do you imagine things in headlines? You know, like when you do something stupid and you have a mental picture of the next day’s newspaper – “Pleasanton Woman Lost in Wilderness” or “Pleasanton Man Fails to Tuck and Roll.” Perhaps it’s just a means of lightening up a difficult situation or giving ourselves an internal ten minutes of fame.
On the other hand, there are real headlines that are fun to read. Just today, under sports I read, “U.S. Skeleton Athlete Is Barred From Olympics .” Oh no, I thought, is this discrimination against the overly thin? My favorite was an actual sighting on a newspaper outside of a Lyon’s Restaurant a few years ago – “NATO fans out over Bosnia.” I could just imagine all the refugees waving flags with the NATO insignia on them.
Isn’t English fun! There are so many words that can be used as both nouns and verbs and so many words that are spelled the same but have completely different meanings.