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Should all headlines have a word in inverted commas ?

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    Headlines from today's www.independent.co.uk include :

    'perverse'
    'ruthlessly'
    'dead'
    'seduced'
    'extreme'
    'throat slashed'
    'blasphemous'
    'shameful'
    'love hormone'

    All very well.

    But some headlines without a word in inverted commas seem to have slipped by the editor. Sloppiness ? Or a radical policy of trying to write headlines without a single word using them ?


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    Headlines from today's www.independent.co.uk include :

    'perverse'
    'ruthlessly'
    'dead'
    'seduced'
    'extreme'
    'throat slashed'
    'blasphemous'
    'shameful'
    'love hormone'

    All very well.

    But some headlines without a word in inverted commas seem to have slipped by the editor. Sloppiness ? Or a radical policy of trying to write headlines without a single word using them ?

    Or on RTE with "so-called Islamic State" they are not "so-called" when they are targeted for a reason.

    I think it's sloppy and non accountable journalism.


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    Or else it’s just separating out the alleged part of the story from the factual part of the story

    I think it’s incredibly lazy for a poster to start a thread listing individual words from headlines without any direct links to those stories so others can judge if those words were justifiably included in that format in those headlines


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    Or on RTE with "so-called Islamic State" they are not "so-called" when they are targeted for a reason.

    I think it's sloppy and non accountable journalism.

    You are misunderstanding the use of "so called" there. It is questioning their legitimacy to claim to be a sovereign entity. They *want* to be called Islamic State.


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    L1011 wrote: »
    You are misunderstanding the use of "so called" there. It is questioning their legitimacy to claim to be a sovereign entity. They *want* to be called Islamic State.

    Maybe....
    I always presumed it as so because the same story would be run by sky news and they would state them Islamic state whereas RTE use the phrase so-called considering it is the same story.


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    That would be down to each organisations style guide.


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    Akrasia wrote: »
    Or else it’s just separating out the alleged part of the story from the factual part of the story

    I think it’s incredibly lazy for a poster to start a thread listing individual words from headlines without any direct links to those stories so others can judge if those words were justifiably included in that format in those headlines

    I think its incredibly lazy for a poster not to click the link which included all the quotes in the top third of the page before they respond to a post criticising the absence of links.
    Similar syndrome there any day with the Indo, which on its present trend may well soon have all headlines fully enclosed in inverted commas.


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