Gingerous Humerous Maximus has emailed in the following headline from Sky News: Washington rocked by gay toilet sex scandal
He asks: "Can you get a gay toilet?"
I was thinking about how this headline could be recast to avoid the unfortunate attribution of 'gay' to 'toilet'. Something like 'Gay sex in toilet' scandal rocks Washington is shorter, clearer, and active rather than passive, but it does have to rely on inverted commas - and relegates Washington to the end of the headline.
Of course, the simplest solution would be to hyphenate 'toilet' and 'sex': Washington rocked by gay toilet-sex scandal
Any other suggestions?
The ambiguous Oxford comma
4 days ago