In the 1984 spoof rockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap," the heavy metal band gets into trouble over the potentially offensive album "Smell the Glove." But the gantlet the band members were forced to run seems mild compared to something two major newspapers had to endure recently for failing to push a glove under readers' noses.
And if you zoned out in the middle of that last sentence because you're puzzling over whether I should have used "gauntlet" instead of "gantlet," you're in the right place. That's the very word that got readers of two big newspapers up in arms.
On Oct. 16, 2009, the Chicago Tribune ran a Page 1 story about public school students forced to dodge gangs and crime on their way to school and gave it the headline "The Gantlet." Then, on Oct. 8 of this year, Tribune sister paper the Los Angeles Times ran the Page 1 headline, "Gay teen endured a daily gantlet."