photo courtesy of Stan Carey
The BBC News created a crash blossom last week when it was suggested a girl murdered a car. The real story involved a young girl who was found hiding in a car that was discovered earlier with three dead bodies. The parents and grandmother of the little girl had been shot in the car, while an older sister was found shot multiple times outside nearby.
Reading this headline requires a double take because it would be hard to imagine how a car would be murdered. The headline might create more readers who click the link out of curiosity. The writer could have avoided the error by stating the girl was found alive in the car under dead bodies.
As of this post, the BBC has fixed its headline to read, “France shootings: Girl hid under bodies in car.” CNN reported the story with the headline, “Young girl found alive among bodies in France”. Journalese language is found often in headlines as journalists attempt to be the first to break the news to the public. Columnists attempt to take the entire concept of a story and put it into an abbreviated sentence that often backfires.To read more examples of crash blossoms, browse the website crashblossom.com.