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  • Defining crash blossom.

    March 7, 2011

  • New article on this phenomenon here.

    February 5, 2010

  • It's worrying to see so many examples in that article where the writers had quite a bit more space to play with than the BBC's headline writers, and still produced mangled results.

    October 18, 2009

  • Excellent. VO will be pleased.

    October 18, 2009

  • as seen here

    “McDonald’s fries the holy grail for potato farmers"

    October 18, 2009

  • Crash blossom has been defined by Language Log as an "infelicitously worded headline that leads the reader down the garden path." It's etymology dates to a discussion on the Testy Copy Editors discussion board (http://www.testycopyeditors.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11134), inspired by this confusing headline: Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms. Another excellent example from Language Log (from an AP-written headline):McDonald's fries the holy grail for potato farmers.

    September 25, 2009