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Readers send us instances in which misused words, typographical errors or strange turns of phrase provoke chuckles. The backlog of these is large, a fact that makes it possible for me to dip into the pile to illustrate almost any kind of point. The point today has to do with headlines gone astray.

Presbyterians Pro-Life News not too long ago bannered the headline “Imminent Theologian Points Toward Reformed Understanding of Unborn.” The bold print lead-in to the article begins, “Thomas T. Torrance, one of the world’s most imminent contemporary reformed scholars . . .” Until we read that, we had always thought of Tom Torrance as a keeper of deadlines and a maker of appearances. Now we learn he’s always on the edge of doing whatever he is doing.


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