TO v. WILL

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As someone who spends a good deal of time every day writing headlines and copy-editing stories for reporters, this list makes me very happy – knowing that I am not alone in my quest to banish certain phrases and words!

“Tapped” (Smith tapped as next CEO, etc) makes me want to punch kittens, and “probe” used for “investigate” makes me want to…well, whatever is worse than punching kittens.

I think what irritates me more than anything, however, is the use of “to” instead of “will” in headlines. For example:

– Student loan rates to double as lawmakers continue bickering
– Obama to lay out three-part plan for addressing climate change
– Jack Hanna to host grizzly research fundraiser in Bigfork
– Temperatures to hit 120 this weekend

People, this is the web – not a dead-tree newspaper; we have unlimited space, and do not have to worry about shaving two letters off of a headline to make it fit.

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