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News Headlines

These headlines were broadcast on a browser on 16th July 2007

There is nothing special about this day, but comment linguistically on the language used to compress the story into a maximum of 33 characters.

Comment on abbreviations, acronyms, informal vocabulary choice, hyphenation, punctuation and word order etc.
Are there any headlines you don't recognise or understand? Is this because of your lack on knowledge of current events or some obscurity in the wording?

Visit a newspaper website such as The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph or The Guardian and rewrite the main headlines using a maximum of 33 charcters. What problems did you find? Which techniques did you find useful?

Technical note: To find similar headlines for the current date you can either find an RSS feed for headlines or use the feed at . More information opn this for Firefox users is here.



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