Sunday, December 27, 2009

A knight in shining armor

Sure beats polyester, doesn't it?

If you wrote the hed, it probably makes perfect sense to you. The county is involved in a dispute with a guy from Georgia about a deal to pick up surplus metal from the fairgrounds. It has sued him and has moved for summary judgment (a hearing is set for Tuesday). He wants a jury trial (hearing the week after that).

The hed might even make sense if you've been keeping up with the case religiously since summer. For the rest of us -- pass the oil can.



Anonymous M.C. said...

Since The Associated Press stylebook in the strictest sense, wants "lawsuit" instead of "suit" when referring to things legal, this head couldn't happen at some papers. I might have tried "Metals collector wants trial" or "Bid for jury trial in metals case." I think using "metals" instead of "metal," if it fits of course, would eliminate the chance that someone would think of it as an adjective.

3:08 PM, December 28, 2009  
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10:10 PM, December 28, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Worse, perhaps: I read it as "mental suit".

10:22 PM, December 28, 2009  
Blogger fev said...

I think you're on the right track, tho if someone's picking the stuff up by the truckload, I'd say he's more a "dealer" than a "collector." I might try for something like "Hearings set in scrap metal case" -- knowing that a "metal case" isn't that much better than a "violin case" for these purposes.

The "suit" confusion has been delighting collectors for years. My mom was always fond of "Lewis drops union suit" (being of the generation that knew what John L. Lewis and union suits were).

10:32 PM, December 28, 2009  
Blogger Strayhorn said...

I read the "metal" as "metal music" and figured someone was playing Lou Reed or Led Zep too loudly at 2 a.m.

2:31 PM, December 29, 2009  

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