Rogue headline kills 1 million homeowners; editors groan

USA Today began the morning with this story of murder and mayhem among homeowners.

Whether those homeowners voluntarily got shot wasn’t immediately clear. One report suggested they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My colleague Anthony in the tech office across the hall was so shocked that he said he had to have a copy of the paper.

Of course, Anthony has a degree in linguistics, and his shock had nothing to do with murder and mayhem.

Rather, it came from the knowledge that a single “a” between “get” and “shot” could have saved a million lives.

No wonder Macaulay Culkin looks distressed.

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