Friday, January 08, 2010

she mulls: your favorite headline words?

One convention from newspapers is thriving, even in a web-powered world: Headline words. They're the short words that allow a headline to pack a lot of thought into a small space--the reason, for example, that you never find a world leader pondering or thinking or deliberating about an issue of the day when he's covered in a newspaper. No, per the headline, he mulls.

"Mull" is my favorite headline word, hands down. You rarely hear it or see it used beyond a headline, yet it's compact and even poetic. If you've got a favorite short headline word, leave it in the comments so we can crowd-source a list of these gems that have yet to outlive their usefulness.

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