The other headline

On sites like CNN.com, a story will often have many different headline forms — one on the page itself, another on links to the page, another in the RSS feed. For example, this story has an RSS headline of “Talk of anger, justice, revenge at co-ed funerals”.

To which all I can say is: co-ed? Really? 23 skidoo, man!

I mean, “co-ed” as a reference to female students dates back to the days when institutions were switching from being all-male to mixed-sex (co-educational, or co-ed). It’s use today is an anachronism seemingly kept alive primarily by the porn industry. I don’t know if there ever was a proper term for male students who attend a co-educational institution…

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