December 25, 2006

Holiday headline contest winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Language Log award for the best headline of the holiday season. The award goes to the Los Angeles Times for a headline in the Travel section on December 24, 2006, over a Travel Insider story by Jane Engle about how Canada's major airline has banned mammalian pets from passenger cabins as a precaution against medical problems caused by passengers' allergies to cat or dog dander. No linguistic prerequisites; only basic familiarity with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is assumed:

Air Canada believes Fluffy invites sneezy, dopey and docs

Congratulations to all involved.

Posted by Geoffrey K. Pullum at December 25, 2006 07:07 PM