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- n. The jargon used in headlines of newspapers, often with unconventional grammar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The abbreviated writing style of headline writers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. using the abbreviated style of headline writers
The English tout is hot, not just in headlinese but also in the body of articles.
Though it is terse and punchy, its judgmental appearance in a headline is to be to use the favorite verbs in headlinese assailed and decried.
The Columbia Journalism Review even published two anthologies of ambiguous headlinese in the 1980s, with the classic titles "Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim" and
As long as there is such a thing as headlinese, we can count on crash blossoms continuing to blossom.
The simplifications of headlinese eliminate all sorts of clues to structure and meaning, forcing the reader to fall back on context, background knowledge, plausibility, and the like.
More modest use of headlinese can convey a more conversational and engaged tone and the like.
In particular, if the conventions of headlinese allow you to omit certain material, you must.