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    Senior Member anticlimatic's Avatar
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    Default Why does huffpost preface/suffix every title with "Here is"/"This is what happened."?

    "Here is"/"Here are."
    "This is what happened."

    What is with the fetish for these two phrases that are completely unnecessary in a 'news' article title? If you drop them, nothing is lost. So why use them, and why use them so frequently? Is this a Fi/Te thing I just don't understand or something?

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    It's cheap clickbait.
    Sadly, this ugly writing style is becoming more and more common. I recently saw an article in The New Republic titled "As the British Empire Was Falling Apart, Gandhi Gave This Advice to the Rest of Asia " - World history being treated on the same level as diet recommendations and pictures of kittens.

    XKCD did a good parody of this:

    The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor knowledge without love can produce a good life. - Bertrand Russell
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    I suppose the informal tone helps the news sound more relevant in a day-to-day perspective. They are very into social justice stuff.

    There's an implicit 'that's not an one time thing' when you state a fact after that.

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