Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Adverbs gone wild: A slight return

They're still lining up the survivors of traffic accidents and executing 'em down in Charlotte:

Man killed after he rear-ends CATS bus
A 38-year-old man was killed Monday when he drove his SUV into the rear of a Charlotte Area Transit System bus in south Charlotte.

Two killed after Saturday wreck in Conover
Two people were killed this weekend in Catawba County when the car they were riding in was struck by another vehicle.

Teen, grandmother killed after car hits golf cart
A 59-year-old Hudson resident and her teen granddaughter were killed this weekend when the golf cart they were in was struck by a car.

Once a philosopher, twice a pervert -- three times must mean it's "style." The ongoing confusion of "when" and "after" is so consistent that it really does look like a matter of policy. Any reason all heds of this sort can't say "die(s) after," rather than "killed after"?

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Because people die all the time and it's boring, but people getting killed - that's news? Or at least something that might make you read the story to see who went nuts and shot them?

11:25 AM, June 16, 2009  
Blogger JD (The Engine Room) said...

Thank you for this post! The word 'after' is one of my biggest bugbears. We have one writer whose every paragraph is some variant of 'noun verb after noun verb'. Tell me about the causal relationship!

5:12 PM, June 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with you re. kill/die, but i don't see a problem with "when," especially since "when" and "after" are both relative adverbs of time (at least in the usage we're talking about here).

when = at a time at which
after = at a time subsequent to the time at which

10:59 AM, February 02, 2013  

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