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Of course you can. You may choose whichever title you wish for your story. Titles may contain elements of ambiguity, they may be nuanced, cryptic, sarcastic, or any combination of the aforementioned. "The Taking of Pelham 123" On its face the title of this film refers to the hijacking of a train bound for Pelham (the train's ID# being 123). But consider ...


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You can. You are writing a critique of something, and that is the thing in the title. I could write an article "Cash Bail" and argue how cash bail (in the USA) is discriminatory because it allows rich people to await trial out of jail while forcing poor people that cannot afford thousands of dollars in bail to remain in jail, thus being punished. Just ...


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Your assertion, as others have pointed out, is incorrect. That's okay, though. I thought it might be more helpful to you to address your "disdain for one-word titles." I would say this is an unfortunate disdain you've developed, though it is borne by an astute and fortunate observation you've had. There is nothing wrong with one-word titles. On the ...


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Inspired by @Ran Locar's answer, I had a look at all films that came out by year and the (naive) word count of each title. The dataset I used was this Kaggle set, so if the original question specifically thinks this trend changed in the past two years then this won't help. However, it looks to me like there is at best a slow trend upwards for shorter titles....


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I think it's about aspiration, about claim-staking, and about self-importance — and, in some cases, ultimately about denying the competition. The number of one-word titles is far smaller than the number of multiple-word titles; and for a given subject, there are only a few relevant single-word titles.  So there's a certain cachet about using one of them.  (...


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The following is a VERY naive piece of research. I've downloaded the IMDB titles dataset (available here: https://datasets.imdbws.com/title.basics.tsv.gz), and took the 3rd column - primaryTitle. I then created a histogram of the number of titles containing each count of words. One very probable problem is I'm not taking language into consideration; ...


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