Ambiguous headlines: a new category?

The BBC has some strict editorial guidelines dictating the length of its article titles and surfaced news headlines. All too often, they results in ambiguity in the headlines’ meanings.

Today’s article about whether the Chancellor should extend Northern Rock’s £24bn credit line (Darling pressured over Rock’s fate) prompted thoughts (in my head at least) of Chris Rock’s lover being questioned over his recent disappearance.

I’ve wondered for a little while whether I should introduce a new category to my tangential ramblings (ambiguous headlines, for want of a better title) in which I write the article that I’d imagined reading before reading the BBC’s version of events, under the identical title.

Would that appeal? Would it generate mirth? Would it be libellous?


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