Saturday, June 27, 2009

Annals of 'after'

The in/after swap (here, the "killed after/dies after" version) won't be a surprise to you Usual Suspects:

NC man killed after barge hits boat
Authorities say a 55-year-old man died after a barge struck his boat on Watts Bar Lake in East Tennessee.

But here's a new case of random "after" from Fox:
Search halted after ship's crewman lost off Alaska

Well, Amazon pirates are ruthless, aren't they? Lost a crewman? Stop looking for him and start polishing up the brasswork! In real life, it's just another of those missing middle terms: Crew member goes overboard, Coast Guard searches for a day, Coast Guard suspends search. Correctly captured in the inside hed, "Coast Guard suspends search for ship's crewman lost off Alaska coast," but if you stop at the front page, you can be forgiven for deciding that the life of the sea is not for you.

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