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#127275 04/12/04 12:50 PM
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Der Quibblemeister finds this headline ill written:

Fragile Cease-Fire Holds in Fallujah
AP - 7 minutes ago
Gunfire was largely silenced Monday in the second day of a truce in Fallujah,

Some non-military firearms are equipped with "silencers".
The headline might better have said "There was only occasional gunfire."



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I would just say "silent". it doesn't seem to need to be past tense, does it? or leave off the "largely"...



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But can gunfire really be silent? Surely it is the guns that were silent/silenced?


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My point exactly, dear Hibernicus.


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Gunfire was largely silenced Monday in the second day of a truce in Fallujah,

I would have handed the copy back to the reporter with one word : "Recast."
If they couldn't figure out why it was wrong - Well!


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It was a hed, wow.


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But..but...but..it is not the headline is it?
I don't know, Bill. We do say, 'the sound of gunfire', don't we? And so, 'silencing gunfire', doesn't sound all that bad.


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…it is not the headline is it?

Der Quibblemeister finds this headline ill written:


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The headline seems okay to me. Gunfire, the firing of guns (rather than the sound of the guns), has been deliberately stopped. A similar use of "silenced" might be applied to dissent or dissentors. The Czar's critics were silenced. To say that the guns were silent is to suggest a passive or happenstance result. The fact that there exists a device known as a silencer for firearms does muddy the waters slightly, but not so much that a reader would interpret the headline incorrectly.


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May I suggest re-reading what Hibernicus said?


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