- Anyone who has written headlines for a living will know the embarrassment that comes from causing hilarity to a large group of people by writing an inadvertently two-faced headline. I have no doubt that someone at the Toronto Globe and Mail is still cringing at having written "Upturns May Indicate Some Bottoms Touched" (cited in Punch), as must earlier have been the author of the oft-quoted and variously attributed "MacArthur Flies Back to Front." It is always worth remembering that many words carry a range of meanings, or function as both nouns and verbs, and consequently offer unexpected opportunities for mischief.
Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.
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