December 4, 2012

"Jerky 'sex scion' cops to Central Park lewdness."

Hard to read headline. You have to figure out that "cops" is a verb.

(I think this is what they mean by "crash blossoms" over at Language Log.)

14 comments:

Writ Small said...

Taranto bait.

Peter said...

Well, any noun can be verbed.

But that doesn't mean it should be.

wyo sis said...

I have so many inappropriate comments, but I'm at work. So, talk amongst yourselves and know that I thought of them first.

Todd said...

His lawyer said "He needs help". Well according to the witness testimony, no he doesn't...

Emil Blatz said...

Todd said...
His lawyer said "He needs help". Well according to the witness testimony, no he doesn't...



Self sufficiency no longer a virtue?

edutcher said...

I was wondering what a sex scion was.

I'd have thought we all were.

Except those in vitro.

wyo sis said...

I have so many inappropriate comments, but I'm at work. So, talk amongst yourselves and know that I thought of them first.

Don't be verklempt.

Linda Richman would understand.

Don said...

Discussion and history of crash blossoms via Wikipedia's entry on Syntactic Ambiguity.

(Personally, I liked "Taranto bait" (above).

Chip S. said...

I think it's a brilliantly written article. Especially the way the "gripping story" about this Central Park wanker was wrapped up:

Masters... declined comment as he left court hand-in-hand with his wife, Victoria....

“He needs help,” said his lawyer...

Astro said...

Seems like all he really needs a airline ticket to Japan and a train ticket once he gets there.
Tomorrow I'll be on...

kentuckyliz said...

From the wikipedia--"crash blossoms" happen because headline writers...

...omit the copula.

(rimshot)

McTriumph said...

Wonder if everyone gets such great judicial relief from jerkin off in Central Park or do you have to be somebody. Actually considering what pimps his parents were, if this is the worse of his perversions he's coped quite well.

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