Monday, October 09, 2006

Punctuation in headline

I think, although we are generally not supposed to use punctuation marks in headlines, that The Eagle's use of a colon in the October 5 issue, on page 4A, "The Amish way: Forgiveness" was well-done. It reads better than an equivalent, "The Amish way is forgiveness," and it leads the eye to focus on the words "Forgiveness" (for me, this was the first word I saw) and "Amish," which would lead any reader who knew about the tragic event to a realization of what would appear in the article, and create curiosity in readers who hadn't heard of the event. I liked this headline, even though it breaks the rules. Maybe Michael Roehrman came up with this one.

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