Friday, April 20, 2012

Crash blossom, political edition: "Wisconsin governor, indicted pol"

Various linguablogs have discussed lots of 'crash blossoms' (see here). A couple of years ago over at the Log, Geoffrey Pullum quoted Chris Waigl as defining crash blossom this way:
those train wrecks of newspaper headlines that lead us down the garden path to end up against a wall, scratching our head and wondering what on earth the subeditor might possibly have been thinking.
Yesterday we took a break from linguistics to post on the current governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, and a commenter noted quickly that Walker is under serious investigation and could be indicted before long. Over at Blue Cheddar, there was a crash blossom on exactly this topic, image from Blue Cheddar, of course.

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