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 Post subject: What's a crash blossom?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:34 am 
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Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blossom?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:02 am 
linked? the hed makes it look like she was a survivor of the crash, but not that case. what do you call these kinds of strangely phrased hedlines? is there a word for them?

Crash blossoms?


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blosssom?
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I think you answered your own question, Dan. "Crash blossom" would be an excellent neologism for infelicitously worded headlines.


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blosssom?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:13 am 
subtle_body wrote:
I think you answered your own question, Dan. "Crash blossom" would be an excellent neologism for infelicitously worded headlines.


Credit for this neologism must go to Nessie3. Hear! Hear! I love it.


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blosssom?
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A lo, a crash blossom to end all crash blossoms:

Man held for attempted murder of policeman after detention for confining girl expires


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blosssom?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:30 am 
Nessie3 wrote:


That's exhausting to read........ you have an eye for these crash blossoms!


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blosssom?
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danbloom wrote:
Nessie3 wrote:


That's exhausting to read........ you have an eye for these crash blossoms!


More like Japan Today and the Kyodo News wire service have a rare talent for them.


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A pair from the NYT today:

* Names Deal Cracks Swiss Bank Secrecy

* China Shares Regain Some Ground


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blosssom?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:36 am 
jjmoney62 wrote:
A pair from the NYT today:

* Names Deal Cracks Swiss Bank Secrecy

* China Shares Regain Some Ground


Wow! A new journalism term is born: crash blossoms.....

and they are apparently blossoming all over. Somebody should put them in a book or a blog devoted to them...... hey, that's a good idea! Nessie3, with your permission, and giving full credit to you for coming up with this great "catch" and the coinage too, I will create a blog right now called "Crash Blossoms" and start cataloguing these things above and more as they come in. My crash blossom secretary will handle the details.

Nessie3, I set it up here:

http://amafubme.blogspot.com/


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This sort of enthusiasm for new argot makes me queasy. On the other hand, John McIntyre's incomplete glossary of endangered journalism jargon is an entertaining read.


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 Post subject: Shh. People are listening.
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• Many Sic! items are newspaper headlines whose brevity obfuscates. A post on Tuesday on the Testy Copy Editors forum led to a suggestion for a generic term: crash blossom. This is from an example posted in the thread, taken from the Japan Today site: “Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms”. To interpret — Diana Yukawa, who lost her father in the 1985 Japan Airlines crash, has become a successful violinist. Thanks to Chris Waigl for telling me about this. (World Wide Words)


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blossom?
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Saw one a few days ago on the BBC site that said Army makes safe 600lb bomb. I'd have posted then but the TCE site was down, and by the time it was back up they'd changed the hed.

This reminded me of my favorite redundancy flag: What's the difference between a "dangerous weapon" and the other kind?

(Turns out someone had found a large piece of unexploded ordnance from WWII and the army disarmed it, thus making it safe. But the image of a giant bomb suitable for use as an end table did give pause.)


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 Post subject: Re: Shh. People are listening.
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Phillip Blanchard wrote:
“Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms”. To interpret — Diana Yukawa, who lost her father in the 1985 Japan Airlines crash, has become a successful violinist. Thanks to Chris Waigl for telling me about this. (World Wide Words)

I'm so glad you specified a little more about the story, as when you click on the article link now you get:

Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms
By May Masangkay

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

It doesn't exactly make things any clearer! I think a local reader more familiar with the acrononym JAL might have a better chance of semi-understanding the headline, but it just goes to show you should almost never use acronyms in headlines unless they are so common as to be beyond misunderstanding.

Bill.

P.S. Hello from a brand new member - I'm an Irish copy editor in China. There's something you don't hear every day :-)


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Welcome indeed - I'm surprised there is any demand for editing Irish in China. Or should that be erse?


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KfitzR wrote:
Welcome indeed - I'm surprised there is any demand for editing Irish in China. Or should that be erse?


Hi there Katie. I can only assume you're joking - I'm Irish, the copy editing is in China, and I thought it would go without saying it was through English! The new company I'm going to be working for - China Radio International http://www.crienglish.com - does also have services in Arabic, French, Spanish and German as well as Mandarin Chinese though, so I guess it's worth specifying. :-)

Bill.


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I CAN tend to be terribly literal at times, and it IS part of my sense of humour, Bear with this testy lot and you will get to enjoy us.


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KfitzR wrote:
Welcome indeed - I'm surprised there is any demand for editing Irish in China. Or should that be erse?


Able was I erse I saw Albion.

It would be "Irish" or "Irish Gaelic."


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There once was a man of Dun Laoghaire,
Who propounded an interesting thaoghaire:
That the language of Erse
Has a shortage of verse
As its spelling makes poets too waoghaire.


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 Post subject: Re: What's a crash blossom?
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There once was a man of Dun Laoghaire,
Who propounded an interesting thaoghaire:
That the language of Erse
Has a shortage of verse
As its spelling makes poets too waoghaire.


Hilarious! Although a fastidious editor back home would definitely add an accent called a fadha to Dún Laoghaire. As to the language, it's generally known simply as 'Irish' within Ireland, or 'Gaeilge' which means Gaelic in the language itself.

Bill.

P.S. My partner - a New Mexico native who high schooled in Lubbock - asks if your name means you edit'er!


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AT&T complains Google Voice blocks calls it can't


The entire story is incomprehensible.


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AT&T Inc. says Google Voice curbs costs by refusing to connect calls to places where some local carriers give phone numbers to adult chat lines and conference-calling services to draw long distance calls.


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The company asks the FCC to stop rural carriers from boosting incoming calls and charging high fees, or to hold Google to the same rules.


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Appearing beside that story on the website:

Top articles in News & Opinion

1. Tufts University bans nookie if roomie ‘is present’


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Y'all do know that most of these are intentional and thought to be clever by the writers?


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That's what makes them egregious.


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I think that's more two-faced than crash blossomish, but it is pretty damned funny. It must've taken me upward of two minutes to figure it out. But I'm kind of tired.


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Multiple crash blossoms daily is the standard here. Here are two front-pagers that caught my eye this weekend:

"Dothan quilt
show honors
heritage"

(It's a wire story, so the paper didn't archive its version and its hed. The online version wouldn't have shown the breaks that make it blossom anyway.)

Online now, "Tide defensive lineman’s blocks salvage game."


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This one has me completely baffled:

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Obviously a story about a development by a tekkie company in Tiny Township (yes really) in northern Ontario. After that, I'm baffled.


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You must sit under the sun, drink good wine and eat delicious food for the rest of your life, hahahaha!


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Not a crash blossom, but certainly a groaner, from the same source:

Haitians mourn as rescuers find another survivor in rubble


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Haha! Talk about trying to put the whole story in the headline. There's almost as much info in that head as in the three paragraphs beneath it :-)

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Yet another malodorous blossom from the wsj.com homepage:

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But ... but ... the latest hed lacks wordplay.


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That's a crappy headline, but I'm not sure it's a crash blossom.


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That's a crappy headline, but I'm not sure it's a crash blossom.


Didn't you have visions of bizarre carpentry? Or is it just me (and my equally twisted friend who pointed it out to me)?


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I did but I'm not sure that makes it a crash blossom. We may have to work on a definition. Since the term was not my invention, I am unqualified.


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Phillip, it seems to me that one essential element of a crash blossom is a word that can serve as either a noun or a verb. In other words, it seems to me that the original and the majority of the follow-ups cited have a word that can serve as either a second verb or the object of the first.

So we have a pattern of subject-verb-ambiguous word pattern that can be interpreted as either subject-verb-object or subject-(verb phrase modifying the subject)-verb. Someone who recalls more grammar than I might come up with better terminology.

And a second essential element seems to be that, without the full story, it's next to impossible to figure out what in the heck is going on.


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The thing that gets me is that the Internet was supposed to free headline writers from the constraint of tight counts. Yet we still get the inscrutable shorthand that leads to these headscratchers.


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The thing that gets me is that the Internet was supposed to free headline writers from the constraint of tight counts. Yet we still get the inscrutable shorthand that leads to these headscratchers.


Yes, but there's still room to add "a" or even "is a hit" to this one to add a bit of coherence.

Thank you, Search Engine Optimization, which depends on keywords, not clarity. Presumably, enough humanoid robot fans will find the story and click on the link to make clarity and line-filling less than an afterthought.


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I can't disagree but, in fairness, I saw plenty of headlines just as bad before there was a Web.


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"Efforts Meant to Help Workers Batter South Africa’s Poor"

Don't know about the rest of you but I love it when workers are getting help at battering the poor.


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"Efforts Meant to Help Workers Batter South Africa’s Poor"

Don't know about the rest of you but I love it when workers are getting help at battering the poor.


The print headline had the same flaw, although for some reason "squeeze" doesn't seem to have the crash-blossom power of "batter."

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agreed, but "squeeze" is considerably funnier.


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Fortunately, copyright laws prohibit any logo involved from stealing part of the baffling (and, IMHO, awful) illustration that ran with the NYT crash blossom piece.


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Here's one for the file. More a headache inducer than a crash blossom -- unless you glance at it while walking past the coin box. Made me back up and look again.

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I note that many, if not most, of the headlines at http://www.crashblossoms.com/ are not crash blossoms at all.


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We're once again slipping into the territory of misapprehending what exactly a Crash Blossom is. It's not just a bad or unwieldy headline.


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