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I have read an short news article that had the following headline:

Debussy, but EPIC for the new Godzilla trailer

The article text for this was as followed:

Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters continues the trend of making classical music EPIC by turning Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" into a spine-tingling blast of EPICness.

Is this a "correct" or widely understood way to form a headline in english? What kind of construct is this? A noun followed by ", but [adverb] ..."? What is this supposed to express?

  • Try mentally adding the words “it is” before Debussy and epic in the headline. That’s what it is expressing. – Lawrence Jul 26 '18 at 13:41
  • but why "but"? :) – bitbonk Jul 26 '18 at 13:42
  • I suppose they didn’t consider Debussy particularly epic in its normal context. – Lawrence Jul 26 '18 at 13:43
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    It's fine grammatically but yeah it's utterly horrible in all the other ways. I have no idea why anyone would write like that, and more to the point, I have no idea why you'd read such trash. – RegDwigнt Jul 26 '18 at 14:04
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    Read up on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlinese – John Feltz Jul 26 '18 at 19:47

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