Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"Wrong" verb in headline catches my attention

BUSTED HEADLINE FOUND ONLINE: Detroit newspaper use wrong Harbaugh on front page

The story is about a Detroit newspaper using a photo of Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rather than former San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who is becoming the football coach at the University of Michigan.

But the headline itself caught my eye. They said newspaper use. In the U.S., that would be Detroit newspaper USES...

Obviously, this is a British web site; the British would use a singular verb for a collective noun like newspaper, police, government, hospital, etc.

It looks strange to see a British-style headline on a story about a U.S. newspaper messing up.

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