A copywriter just sent me over a copy deck that had the word subcopy to describe the text immediately after the page title. Up until now I had been referring to it as a description.



Going to the park.


I can still remember the days of my youth when a trip to the park was ...



Is subcopy a word and does anyone have a better alternative?

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    FWIW, I've only ever encountered Headline and subhead in place of title and subcopy per your example. Jan 9, 2013 at 16:42
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    See what these are called in news style.
    – Robusto
    Jan 9, 2013 at 16:46
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    Check once with the copywriter -- subtitle could be what in fact, was meant.
    – Kris
    Jan 10, 2013 at 15:33

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I worked in the Tokyo office of a New York-based ad agency over 30 years, both on the creative and account-service sides. Actually, I wrote copy for many ads. We used to call the title of ad copy and the following summation of copy text “Catch phrase (copy) / Sub-catch,” “Headline / Sub-head,” "Title / Sub-title," or “Caption” and “Lead copy” at that time.

I don’t think I ever heard of “Sub copy” when I was on the front lines of the ad business. But I don’t know the recent jargon of copy writing, as I left the business long ago.

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