verbal / modal > nominal
wipe out -> wipeout
Wildlife faces wipeout
in the cradle of evolution
Experts warn of 'catastrophic' fishing threat
to Galapagos Islands
Environmental disaster is looming in the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific archipelago whose unique wildlife inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Already under pressure from a rapidly growing population and mass tourism, the waters around the Galapagos face being devastated by one of the world's most wildlife-damaging fishing methods.
Headline, surb and §1, I, 31.3.2005,
Must see -> must see
Final performances prior to Broadway
'A must see'
Mail on Sunday
Ad, ES, p. 7, 3.2.2004.
Smoke -> smoking
Smoking linked to impotence in young men
Know -> know
Are you in the know?
Quiz, DT, web frontpage, 11.2.2004.
Has been -> has been
this week - the trials and tribulations
of a bunch of has-beens aching for the TV limelight
Jungle celebs - we can't get enough of them, G, 31.1.2004,
Rip off -> ripping off
John Hellier, head of ELSPA's anti-piracy unit, said:
'There's a huge education problem here.
We need people to understand that ripping off content
has an impact on the future employment of people
working in the creative industries.'
Rising tide of
counterfeit goods costs UK £10bn:
See - > seeing / believe -> believing
Seeing is believing
Don't know -> don't knows
But the results of this month's Guardian/ICM poll show that the royals have staged a strong recovery from that low point with 57% - up 14 points - saying that the country would be worse off without them. The "don't knows" have shrunk to only 10% while the republican voters who believe Britain would be better off without the royals has stayed steady at a substantial minority of 33% of voters.
Take over -> takeover
Microsoft runs search for a way to take over
internet giant Google
The phenomenal success of Google, the internet search engine, has attracted the attention of the biggest name in hi-tech business, the Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Microsoft is said to be pursuing talks to buy the Silicon Valley firm. Google, which was started from scratch five years ago by two Stanford computer science graduate students, was recently valued at between $15bn and $25bn.
According to a report in the New York Times, Microsoft executives have approached Google about a range of options, including a takeover by the software company, at meetings in the past two months.
Headline and first §§, G, 1.11.2003,
Can't -> can't
WE can't run a train system, we can't provide a decent health service and we can't produce competent secondary education.
Is there no limit to the number of abject can'ts (and we haven't even mentioned Earl Spencer, who can't be playing with a full deck) in British life? Apparently not. It now emerges that we can't produce enough semen.
Such is the shortage of donor sperm (and given a flat fee of £15 a shot, small wonder), we will soon have to import the stuff from Denmark. It could be worse. Denmark is a civilised nation with a superb cradle-to-grave welfare state.
It's breeding disgraceful,
Matthew Norman, DMi, 24.10.2003,
Shoot dead -> shooting dead
British forces vowed yesterday
to continue their "softly softly" tactics in Iraq
despite the growing threat of guerilla attacks
and the shooting dead of three British soldiers
in Basra at the weekend.
Troops stick to tactics despite killings, GI, p. 1, 25.8.2003.
Single out -> singling out
"With the first mention of school, Thomas must have had the same thoughts - are they going to be at the bus stop, are they going to get me today, do I have enough money on me to cover what they take?
"When it's your own child that can't walk down the street without someone getting at him you ask yourself, 'Why is it always him?' You even begin to wonder if he's doing something to provoke it. But it seems that there's always one child who gets singled out."
There were reasons for that singling out, numerous and at the same time insufficient.
Death of a schoolboy, GI/G2, p. 2, 25.8.2003.