Keep ‘Slut’ out of headlines?

-- Statesman Journal

Capital Press copy editor Will Koenig writes me:

My local paper ran a Dana Milbank column with the headline of “Jane-you-ignorant-slut: How not to run a Congress.” I realize that at 30 I might be too young to get the SNL reference (It took a google search), but I’m thinking “slut” is not a headline word.

His second note:

Jane Curtin

And in the interests of fairness, here’s the Opinion page editor’s response via Twitter.

Statesman Journal (Salem Ore.) editorial page editor Dick Hughes tells me nobody else has questioned the headline. “I used it simply because Milbank had used that term in his column.” (I wonder if young people have to Google Bass-O-Matic too.)

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  1. Nina Lentini said:

    Think of the amount of information we editors have in our heads. Recently, I chided a (younger) writer for ascribing “There’s a sucker born every minute” to P.T. Barnum. And he died 120 years ago!

    Sadly, the market for such knowledge gets smaller every day.

  2. Dave Barnes said:

    And, “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead”.

    “Soviet Jewery, not jewelry. Nevermind.”