One of the things that I really enjoy about my job is writing headlines…and one of the things that makes me groan is seeing headlines on other news sites (local, national, whatever) that use lame words.
You have my promise that the following words will never appear in any headline that I write: MULL, SEEK, PROBE, EYE. These are not words that people – real people – use in everyday conversation, and they sound un-natural, stilted, and fake.
There are other annoying headline words, but these are the ones that really grate. I’m sure you have a few words that drive you nuts, too.
You also have my word that I will never use the word TO when the word WILL is appropriate, as in the first example below:
“Man behind anti-Islam film to appear in court” becomes “Man behind anti-Islam film will appear in court”
“House probes security shortfalls in Libya” becomes “House investigates security shortfalls in Libya”
“Authorities seek man in girl’s abduction in Cody” becomes “Authorities looking for suspect in Cody girl’s abduction”
“Court mulls where Gadhafi’s son should be tried” becomes “Court considers trial location for Gadhafi’s son”
“Portugal’s government eyes new income taxes” becomes “Portugal’s government considers new income taxes”