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 Post subject: Re: Bad headline writing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:29 pm 
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Missing Woman’s Remains Found After Fleeing Estranged Husband and Then Vanishing on Jog

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Erm ... what's wrong with that? It seems clear to me ... :-?

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If you want to get technical, the subordinate clauses that follow "after fleeing.." modify the subject "remains", not "woman". Corpses are not typically capable of voluntary flight.

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Yep, Simon's got it.

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"Missing Woman's Remains Found" should have been sufficient, if not as dishy.

"Estranged Husband Allegedly Lured Wife to Her Death After She Fled Across the Country: FBI", a different headline for the same news story, was better for grabbing the attention.

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If you want to get technical, the subordinate clauses that follow "after fleeing.." modify the subject "remains", not "woman". Corpses are not typically capable of voluntary flight.

Ah. Got it. Thank You.

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Yeah, it's vulgar, but who could resist? Certainly not the copywriter.

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Off topic: Heard a newscaster pronounce "sibling" as "sybilling". I'll bet she says "bling" with no problem.

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Off topic: Heard a newscaster pronounce "sibling" as "sybilling". I'll bet she says "bling" with no problem.

Also off-topic: I heard a radio journalist on the BBC mispronounce "eviscerate" as eh-visk-er-ate this evening. It came as a jolt, especially since the guy had what sounded like quite a posh accent.

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Just goes to show that in the end, class is illusory.

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Yeah, it's vulgar, but who could resist? Certainly not the copywriter.

Mafia chief with permanent erection faces stiff sentence


I've never heard of a cocaine habit causing a permanent erection. Impotence, yes, but the opposite, no. If that really happened, then movie stars, baseball and basketball players, and various others would have had it, not just the dancers in Top Secret.

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And I'd have a nose like a powdered doughnut.

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"Man accused of stealing police squad"

But how would he feed them all?

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Women caught alleged burglar using her shower: Police

Turns out, it was the burglar who used the shower, not the woman. And the story mentions only one woman.


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