Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Unfortunate coordination department

And this just in, from the F&BN's coverage of the case of the missing 7-year-old in Florida (alas, the "65 pounds of innocence: vanished" hed seems to have vanished too):

Somer's mother and boyfriend searched up and down the block for her when she didn't come home.

Not to break the mood or anything, but -- whose boyfriend?

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3 Comments:

Blogger John Cowan said...

I think you'd have to be awfully generous to read that as meaning anything other than "Somer's (mother and boyfriend)" = "Somer's mother and Somer's boyfriend". If it said "Somer's mother and her boyfriend", I agree that that would be ambiguous.

2:58 PM, October 20, 2009  
Blogger fev said...

Hee hee! You'll be delighted at the update: "Somer's mother's boyfriend searched up and down the block for her when she didn't come home"

5:42 PM, October 20, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Hah! There is no ambiguity in either of them. Too bad they each mean something different.

5:22 AM, October 21, 2009  

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