Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Topic Options
#187464 - 10/26/09 10:50 PM Crash Blossoms
Jackie Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11609
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
I found a great blog; it tells about funny headlines. I can't post a link because it has ads, but if anybody wants it, send me a PM. I'll filch some bits of it:
Confusion Caused by Crash Blossoms

Now there’s a name for the phenomenon of ambiguously or bizarrely worded headlines: “crash blossoms,” as suggested by a poster ...

...grisly humor (“Lawmen from Mexico Barbecue Guests,” “Lucky Man Sees Pals Die”), physical impossibilities (“Genetic Engineering Splits Scientists,” “Milk Drinkers Turn to Powder”), logical absurdities (“War Dims Hopes for Peace”), inadvertent racism (“Greeks Fine Hookers”), unknowing sleaziness (“Prostitutes Appeal to Pope,” “Pastor Aghast at First Lady Sex Position”), ew-provoking nastiness (“Child’s Stool Great for Use in Garden”), and innovative adventures in law enforcement (“Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant,” “Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case”).


The funniest (to me) one listed is from a comment; however, I'm putting it in the Too Good to be True Dep't.:
Years ago, a woman from Fertile, Minnesota was turning left at an intersection in the town of Climax, Minnesota. Tragically, as she made the turn, another vehicle struck hers and she died at the scene. This tragedy was immortalized to all of Minnesota by the headline…FERTILE WOMAN DIES IN CLIMAX

Top
#187465 - 10/26/09 11:25 PM Re: Crash Blossoms [Re: Jackie]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Originally Posted By: Jackie

...grisly humor (“Lawmen from Mexico Barbecue Guests,” “Lucky Man Sees Pals Die”),


I'm having some trouble trying to figure out what the non-grisly reading of these ones is.

Meanwhile, here's where it all started. More about it here at Language Log. And nary an ad in sight.

Top
#187471 - 10/27/09 08:17 AM Re: Crash Blossoms [Re: Faldage]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
the Lawmen from Mexico were guests at a barbecue.

and maybe the Man is from a town called Lucky? or he's lucky because he didn't die in the same accident that killed his pals? neither very happy, I'll grant you.

that's all I got.


Edited by Buffalo Shrdlu (10/27/09 08:19 AM)
Edit Reason: more thoughts...
_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...

Top
#187472 - 10/27/09 12:48 PM Re: Crash Blossoms [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6488
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
Some very funny, thanks.
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

Top
#187474 - 10/27/09 06:22 PM Re: Crash Blossoms [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Originally Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu
the Lawmen from Mexico were guests at a barbecue.

and maybe the Man is from a town called Lucky? or he's lucky because he didn't die in the same accident that killed his pals? neither very happy, I'll grant you.

that's all I got.


Yeah. Thanks, Buffy.

Top
#187478 - 10/27/09 09:06 PM Re: Crash Blossoms - tangent [Re: Faldage]
doc_comfort Offline
addict

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 618
Loc: Australia
On my own tangent...

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?referrerid=109801&t=603219

My personal favourite, being that it's cricket-related:

"the bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willie"

Top
#187479 - 10/27/09 09:48 PM Re: Crash Blossoms - tangent [Re: doc_comfort]
Jackie Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11609
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Doc--I'm surprised at you! wink It's nice to see your fonts, though, to borrow a phrase from Anna.

Top
#187488 - 10/28/09 11:32 AM Re: Crash Blossoms - tangent [Re: Jackie]
BranShea Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Local ones:
*Gay Marriage brings Clinton and Dole together.
*Man arrested after drowning. ( most of them lose their point when translated.)

Top

Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8738 Members
16 Forums
13806 Topics
215128 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
KatieC, ashishsum, ackcat, mayne, Yesurbius
8738 Registered Users
Who's Online
1 registered (tsuwm), 23 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 82
LukeJavan8 82
wofahulicodoc 65
A C Bowden 38
May 4
Tromboniator 4
FoFong 3
LadyReader 2
tsuwm 1
KatieC 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11609
tsuwm 10522
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
AnnaStrophic 6511
LukeJavan8 6488
Wordwind 6296
of troy 5400
BranShea 5282

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith