Headlines: celery eating paramedic

Here's an unintentionally amusing recent headline from the BBC News site - and one that demonstrates the importance of hyphens:

Celery eating paramedic suspended

So eating a paramedic is presumably not acceptable behaviour for celery.

Quite a shocking story, though - and here it is in full. Hopefully the BBC hasn't added a hyphen by the time you look...

1 comment:

Sir Compton Valence said...

Great one. My former nighteditor used to grind on about hyphens and changed meanings. It all fell into place for me when I understood the difference between little used car and little-used car.