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oleaginous makeweight


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  • Nice observation, Hernesheir!

    January 15, 2009

  • I particularly like the oleaginous/slick vs. makeweight/political operator contrast in the original complete headline that started this thread.

    January 14, 2009

  • In style or no, American or British, it's definitely a classic. :-)

    January 14, 2009

  • It certainly wouldn't have appeared in a local UK paper. The British newspaper industry differs considerably from the American in the existence of eight or nine national dailies, most of which are bigger than all but the biggest (three or four) local dailies. And of the four so-called "quality" dailies, I can only imagine this excellent headline making it to press in the Telegraph or, just maybe, the Guardian. It's certainly pretty outré, even by Telegraph standards.

    January 14, 2009

  • A reporter at our local paper was caught plagiarizing from a high-school newsletter (written by students). No, I can't see this phrase in our local paper. They'll get all kinds of complaints, which would be hilariously depressing.

    January 14, 2009

  • This was in a newspaper headline?! Can you imagine "oleaginous" appearing in your typical American newspaper article, let alone a headline?

    January 14, 2009

  • I swear this is an eighteenth-century naval term. *hopes really hard*

    January 14, 2009

  • What a great phrase! *yoink*

    January 14, 2009

  • Noticed 1/13/09 in a UK Telegraph headline.

    Jim Murphy: from oleaginous makeweight to slick political operator.

    Dontcha just love words and their sometimes surprising juxtapositions?

    January 14, 2009