Headline of the Day
Still catching up on sleep, though my jet lag seems to be in pretty good shape. I find I travel pretty well gong west. If I can push myself to stay up until somewhat near a normal bed time, like 9 PM or 10 PM, rather than collapse around 5 or 6, I'll be okay. And I made it to 10 PM last night. But still, though able to get up with the normal radio alarm, you feel a bit sluggish for a day or so. Happily, it's Labor Day, so I can just veg out and watch the Cubs game and more...
Anyway, one headline about the new British Prime Minister Theresa May did catch my eye --
Theresa May Breaks with Brexiteers Over Immigration Proposals.
What struck me odd is using both the PM's first and last name. You don't generally see a headline about what "Barack Obama" will done, just "Obama to Veto Legislation." Or what German "Angela Merkel" might do, just "Mekel May Attend Climate Change Conference." But if this was the British Prime Minister, that same headline would read --
May May Attend Climate Change Conference.
And that, needless-to-say is a tad awkward and could even been seen as a typo. Even in the initial headline, it could potentially pose some head-scratching with the PM's first name if not read closely, wondering who "may break" with Brexiteers. (For that matter, it's can still be a touch confusing with her first name, coming across in a cheerful, friendly way, as if, "Barack May Break with Brexiteers." But at least with both the first and last names included you have a better chance of getting it right at first glance.)
Or at least you may have.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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