Ambiguous and confusing headlinesMany times news headlines confuse us because of the ambiguity they create.
My trigger came from a recent headline 'Train teachers to teach special students'. Here actually there is no ambiguity or confusion, because there are no class of teachers called 'train teachers'. So it is clear that the word Train is used here as verb. But this led to me think on confusing headlines.Suppose the headline was like 'Train passengers not to cause delays '.
Headlines and titles of articles need to be short and crisp to attract reader attention. The sub-editors who usually give or edit the headings make it as crisp as possible within the challenges of space and time. Here though unintentionally happened, the phrase 'challenges of space and time' itself can be interpreted in two ways at least.
Many of us may be familiar with effects of the positioning of a punctuation mark. We would have taken the example of Hang them don't spare them at that time.
Just imagine a headline 'Father of three kills one'. is it not ambiguous and confusing?
Please give ambiguous and confusing headlines and titles you came across in newspapers , articles and forum threads in ISC, or from any other context.