With a photograph of goalkeeper Robert Green on the England team's golf outing, the Sun screamed the headline, " PUTTER FINGERS."
“Confident Consumers Step Up Their Borrowing,” reads the headline on a Wall Street Journal A1 article this morning.
Many of these critics focused on the headline, ignoring much of the rest of the piece.
1670s, from head (n.) in sense "heading of a book or chapter" (c.1200) + line (n.). Originally a printers' term for the line at the top of a page containing the title and page number; used of newspapers from 1890, and transferred unthinkingly to broadcast media. Headlinese "language peculiar to headlines" is from 1927. Headlines "important news" is from 1908.