I was thumbing through the paper yesterday morning when a headline popped off the page.
War-gaming, The Next Pandemic
Very exciting, except that the article was nothing like what I thought it was going to be. It may have been the way that the “The” is capitalized. It may have been the way the headline was laid out. In print, the headline appeared as three lines – War-gaming; The Next; Pandemic. The comma, of course, was of my own imagination.
This virus has caused more than one such episode for me.
I have a colleague who has been posting headlines as captured from his television. When he does so, the view from his chair means that the picture is taken from an angle and is slightly rotated counter-clockwise. The result is that this article, which displayed on TV as “Coronavirus Pandemic; States Ready for Phase 1 of Reopening” came out as “Coronavirus Pandering” to my brain. Repeatedly. Each time I saw his picture, at first glance my mind told me that it was about “coronavirus pandering.” As interesting an article as that would have been, again, it was nothing like what was actually being reported.
I think we could all do with less pandering, but if staying inside meant war-gaming saturated the globe with its madness, that might be a silver lining amongst all of these clouds.