WHEN I WAS A KID of 23 working on the State Desk at The Post-Standard in Syracuse, I was often called upon to write a headline for an engagement or a wedding. We had some rules for those, and one of those rules was that the headline had to have a verb.
So we wound up writing some awful headlines, like:
Huh? Pledge what? “Troth”? What’s a “Troth”?
I’m not sure I knew then. I certainly don’t know now. But I DO know that I thought even back then that it would be a lot easier on everyone if we just ran the last names of the couple (on either the engagement or the wedding) instead of trying to write something that didn’t make much sense.
Why go to all the trouble to write a headline, when the last names will do the job just fine?
“Pledge troth” indeed!