It's all too easy to write a headline that has more than one meaning, or only makes sense after you've read the story. Or one that is just plain bizarre – as some of these examples prove.


Part 1: This is (nearly) the news

A headline needs to explain to the reader why the story is important, something this group of headline writers didn't quite achieve.

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Part 2: I know what you mean, but...

Headlines that make you think twice about the story – and not always in a good way.

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Part 3: I don't know what you mean...

Sometimes the headline just doesn't explain the story at all

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Part 4: Look, then look again

Check and check again. Everything seems fine with these stories – until you look carefully

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Part 5: Subs were asleep

Occasionally the grey cardigan brigade drop the ball and a disaster happens – the writer's own words get into print. And sometimes we wish they hadn't.

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With grateful thanks to Holdthefrontpage.co.uk, which regularly features funny headlines and from which many of these have been culled (well, pinched). Thanks also to everyone who has sent me additions. If you have a clipping to add to this page, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..