Why newspaper or magazine titles are grammatically wrong

Guest   Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:23 am GMT
Why do they make the titles wrong grammatically?

for example i saw a newspaper with heading

"britney spears found bald"

its missing "was" but just like this many titles have wrong sentences. why?
Guest   Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:08 am GMT
They need to save space on the front page (or other pages) by making the headlines as short as possible.
Guest   Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:42 am GMT
It's called "headlinese".

They routinely omit the verb to be, articles, conjuctions, and other grammar for the sake of brevity.
Guest   Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:06 am GMT
I have just read this: "Amy Whinehouse found dead". Is this grammatically correct?
Guest   Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:48 am GMT
<<"Amy Whinehouse found dead">>

I don't know if it's grammatically correct, but I sure hope it is factually correct!
Guest   Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:57 am GMT
<<I don't know if it's grammatically correct>>

I think anything goes in "headlinese", as long as it's brief, and the readers can understand it.
Vicky   Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:48 pm GMT
I dont think they use proof readers anymore. I just saw an advert for a "table and 4 hairs".
Damian in Edinburgh   Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:55 pm GMT
Amy Winehouse wasn't dead - she had merely passed out.....again. If anyone is aptly named, she is. As she was being escorted out of her car and into the hospital she looked even more out of it than she normally does. It's time the media called it a day on that smackhead but as with Pete Doherty it's all part of the celebrity obsessed society we live in.
Skippy   Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:11 am GMT
She's still alive and kicking.
Guest   Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:15 am GMT
I never really noticed that.

Newspaper headline language is so ingrained in our culture, that I don't perceive it as being incorrect grammar.