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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:36 pm 
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Just saw a headline that read "Michele Bachmann asked to drop out of race," which could either mean [in newspaperspeak] that she herself asked to drop out of the race, or that someone asked her to.

On closer inspection, you would conclude it's the latter, since if she herself asked to drop out of the race, the headline would read "Michele Bachmann asks" in the present tense, unless they were reporting on a race that occurred years ago. But I do find the dropping of the passive auxiliary quite funny, since with weak verbs, it just looks like active past tense.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:31 am 
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Lesbian vampire killer set to be released from jail

This was especially confusing after I clicked the link I saw the extended headline: Lesbian vampire killer who 'lured a man with promise of sex' before killing him....

Is she a lesbian who killed a guy who she thought was a vampire?

Is she a lesbian vampire who killed a guy (in which case, how is she lesbian if she killed him via promising sex)?

Is she a killer who kills lesbian vampires? (but... she killed a man, not a woman)

I had this same problem with the movie "Lesbian Vampire Killers". And believe me, that movie would have been 100 times better if it were lesbians who killed vampires rather than men who killed lesbian vampires.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:59 pm 
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Goldman Stunned by Op-Ed Loses $2.2 Billion for Shareholders

It looks to me like the editor changed his mind in mid-headline and then didn't go back and fix the beginning.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:53 pm 
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Report on Wyoming water doesn't end fracking debate

just end the fracking debate already


Every time I read an article on fracking, I think along these lines.

Romney: $10G Bet is 'Outrageous' Sum for 'Outrageous' Claim." (yes, it's Fox News.)

Misinterpreted the G as meaning "giga-" rather than "grand", and was like "Well, yeah, a $10 billion bet is a bit outrageous - the only people with that kind of money are the 1% of the 1%, and probably another iteration or two beyond that."


Who uses G after a number? Don't most people say 10K for $10,000. What K stands for I have no idea.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Who uses G after a number? Don't most people say 10K for $10,000. What K stands for I have no idea.

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Viktor, meet the metric system; metric system, Viktor.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:01 am 
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I'd like to buy a verb, please?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:44 am 
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Viktor, meet the metric system; metric system, Viktor.


Viktor’s next vacation needs to be in his neighbours to the north, or in his case, east.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:23 pm 
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Viktor has a creepy avatar.

I saw this today on someone's jacket: "World police & fire games", which I first thought was like "[World police] & [fire games]", though it was supposed to be "World [police & fire] games". (I hope I've used the brackets right.)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:38 am 
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The actual headline was:

"Strawberry" Leopard Discovered—A First

However, on Fark.com, the headline was posted as:

Strawberry leopards forever


I was wondering how on earth a stawberry can 'leopard' something, until I realized that the structure was ADJ-NOUN-ADV and not NOUN-VERB-ADV

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:37 am 
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Shm Jay wrote:
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Viktor, meet the metric system; metric system, Viktor.


Viktor’s next vacation needs to be in his neighbours to the north, or in his case, east.


Hey, I'm going to Banff so you can't say anything.

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It's a demented puppy.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:50 am 
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Am I the only one who finds this headline particularly difficult to read?

Analysis: China currency move nails hard landing risk coffin.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:47 am 
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We can relax now that the hard landing risk coffin has been nailed.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:12 pm 
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I saw an add for some extermination service depicting an oversized insect with the caption "He can eat more than your 16-year-old." However, instead of "He can eat more than your 16-year-old [can eat]", my first thought was "He can more things in addition to eating your 16-year-old." I was quite impressed with this bug until I figured out my mistake.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:16 pm 
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I thought that too.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:29 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:47 am 
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Jashan wrote:
I had this same problem with the movie "Lesbian Vampire Killers". And believe me, that movie would have been 100 times better if it were lesbians who killed vampires rather than men who killed lesbian vampires.

I have that problem with a German TV series whose precise German name I can't think of but is something like: "Name und ihre Moerder", which always makes me feel as though the person in the title is the murderer.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:03 pm 
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Declan wrote:
Jashan wrote:
I had this same problem with the movie "Lesbian Vampire Killers". And believe me, that movie would have been 100 times better if it were lesbians who killed vampires rather than men who killed lesbian vampires.

I have that problem with a German TV series whose precise German name I can't think of but is something like: "Name und ihre Moerder", which always makes me feel as though the person in the title is the murderer.

Adelheid. I've always had the same problem.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:12 pm 
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Adelheid. I've always had the same problem.

Funny, that doesn't look right. I even looked it up beforehand in Google and found that, but didn't believe myself. Must be that then!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:32 pm 
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Yesterday I saw a "Men raped more than women in the US". I actually don't know whether they meant that men are more often rape victims than women, or that rapists are more often men than women.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:18 am 
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"Men raped more than women in the US"

What I saw first was... "Men (have) raped more than (just) women in the US".

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:29 am 
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"Men raped more than women in the US"

What I saw first was... "Men (have) raped more than (just) women in the US".

I assumed it was "Men (are) raped more than women (are) in the US" because "Men (have) raped more than (just) women in the US" just don't seem surprising enough to be newsworthy.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:06 am 
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clawgrip wrote:
treegod wrote:
"Men raped more than women in the US"

What I saw first was... "Men (have) raped more than (just) women in the US".

I assumed it was "Men (are) raped more than women (are) in the US" because "Men (have) raped more than (just) women in the US" just don't seem surprising enough to be newsworthy.

Sincerely, gutter mind that I am, I parsed it initially as
Men rapped more than women in the US
as in
men did rap more than women in the US
so there was an unusually low number of female rap singers over there.

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Lesbian vampire killer set to be released from jail

The set of a lesbian who killed vampires will be released.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:18 am 
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so there was an unusually low number of female rap singers over there.

Tut, deplorable.


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Lesbian vampire killer set to be released from jail


Or "Lesbian vampire killer [collection] to be released from jail."
I hear that Lesbian vampire killer sets are very lucrative on the black market.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:54 am 
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oh, right, the kind used to kill vampire lesbians

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:14 pm 
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No, that's the Lesbian vampire killer stake, I'm talking about the Lesbian Vampire Killer Doll-Set.

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