Monday, February 16, 2004


In its quest to be The New York Post, the Boston Herald is swiftly learning to live without lowercase letters -- which are too fey, too Boston Globish for the Herald’s gutsy, pluggery readers -- and to love the underline.

It’s hard to remember the last time I saw something underlined that wasn’t handwritten or on the Herald’s front page, but the Herald has adopted it with the eager, emphatic nature of a very big, slobbery dog.

Not long now until the Herald front goes all-caps, all-underlines. The question is: What then? Once everything is big, capitalized and underlined, how does a newspaper keep making the hot stuff stand out?

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