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 Post subject: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2003 1:58 am 
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Actually the news editor caught this in another paper north of here.
I saw it, too, and cringed.
His e-mail to the desk read:<p>Subject: A head you shouldn't write<p>An experiment you shouldn't Dew
'Middle school curiosity' gets best of students
What started as a lunchtime experiment involving a canister of carbon dioxide and a quarter-full bottle of Mountain Dew has left two Concrete middle school students suspended and facing the possibility of further disciplinary action.<p>I'm afraid this one might win a headline contest.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2003 12:30 pm 
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We should have a contest to see who can point out the most levels on which that is a terrible, terrible hed. And someone is damned proud of it, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2003 4:21 pm 
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Well, there's the product placement angle which is offensive.
Dew is not pronounced the same as do, so the pun is worse than normal.
The syntax is awkward.
There's a start.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2003 5:13 pm 
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Dew is not pronounced the same as do, so the pun is worse than normal.<p>
Um ... how is Dew pronounced ... in Toronto ...


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 3:56 am 
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The two seem to be homonyms to me as well ...<p>Of course, growing up out West, we can't distinguish between "caught" and "cot," either. That was explained on day one of Intro to Linguistics. Every single student was shocked that the two could even be considered audibly distinguishable.<p>Then again, no one here knows what "spendy" means -- and no one in Seattle thought it was a regional word.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 10:28 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Kawtry:
[b]Dew is not pronounced the same as do, so the pun is worse than normal.<p>
Um ... how is Dew pronounced ... in Toronto ...[/b]<hr></blockquote><p>
isn't it pronounced like "out"?


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:13 am 
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Dew is pronounced like due
Do is like doo.
But I cannot distinguish between cot and caught, although maybe I ought to be able to.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:23 am 
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I think "Dew" and Doo" are pronounced the same in most of the United States. <p>Thanks for the reminder that the Canadian pronounciation is slightly different, which makes this hed even more puzzling to Canadians.<p>Award-winning hed? Bank on it! Bad syntax to accommodate bad wordplay. How can you possibly beat that?


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 3:42 pm 
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Then there are those of us who pronounce "due" and "do" the same way, as well. Not to mention "Mary," "marry," and "merry." :D


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 3:55 pm 
She slew Sue in the slough ... say that five times fast.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad hed of this week
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2003 2:21 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>But I cannot distinguish between cot and caught, although maybe I ought to be able to.<hr></blockquote>In my corner of the continent, it's roughly:
cot="caht"
caught="cawt".<p>But that's Central Jersey; the parts of North Jersey anywhere near N.Y.C. are another story that I don't really want to get into ("They coh-awt him!")...


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