Headlines and prepositions
My friend and very talented designer, Ed Henniger, has a rant up complaining about seeing headlines ending their first lines with prepositions and articles.
This is one of those things that, while once considered a sign of good craft, has become largely a non-issue on most publications.
My note back to Ed:
Sorry, Ed, but it's long ago been declared a nonissue on most desks and at ACES. And readers' panels at ACES through which we tested headlines made clear it was not an issue to them. As one woman pointedly said when questioned rather severely from an audience member: "You really lose sleep over that?"It's especially true in an era when headlines often have to do double duty in print and online -- where how it is displayed is a function of many things, including window size.
I remind folks of it as craft the first couple of times, but I don't push it anymore.
Time to declare it a shibboleth and move on.
I know this will be a hard one to swallow in some quarters, but there are far more important things to worry about these days. Nothing we have indicates any reduction in comprehension.