Saturday, December 16, 2006

Player helps blind woman

There was a nice look at hed ambiguity over at Language Log this week (along with the revelation that one of the Logsters appears to be a former rimrat: Arnold, you've been holding out on us!). And sure enough, demons are summoned by the mention of their names, as the KC Star makes clear on today's F10:

Project would put reason back in season

Nope. Not the Three Agnostics debating hotel prices in Bethlehem or anything like that. This isn't about "reason" the noncount noun. It's about a particular reason, hence its usual appearance as "the" reason. Normally, we'd suggest finding a shorter version of "project" (say, our old friend "plan") to fit in "the reason," but then we have another issue: "in season" and "in the season" are, erm, sorta different constructs too. Oh well.

While we're over at the Star: Romenesko readers will want to note the correction on 2A:

A Dec. 10 column by E. Thomas McClanahan based on personal recollections from 31 years ago misstated a newsroom scene at the Dallas UPI bureau. The 1975 news “flash” on the fall of Saigon read “Saigon government surrenders” and moved at night, not on a “sunny day in April.” Although the column said “many” cheered in the bureau, at that time of the evening the staff would have dwindled to only a handful.

That's a start. But it still leaves one wondering what else in that remarkably stupid column was fabricated.


Blogger nicole bogdas said...

From the missourian circa 2000: Firefighters help burn survivors. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but it's still one of my favorites.

Re: KC Star corex: How many UPI staffers will fit in YOUR hand?

8:01 PM, December 17, 2006  

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