Monday, April 26, 2010
Headlines that seem to explain a lot
From the dead-trees version of today's Houston Chronicle, from page B5 on the continuation of an article from page B1:
It turns out that the lawyer in question wasn't speaking about himself, and that "Bustamante" is actually the client. I suppose I should have known that no lawyer would have been that honest about himself/herself. No word yet, though, on the mental acuity of the Chronicle editor who wrote this headline.
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(1) Mike Myers made the following comment | Apr 26, 2010 8:53:01 PM | Permalink
Okay Mr. Dyer, I'll throw in on this story--since many of your other lawyer readers have been unusually silent on the point. I'll simply say that it's been my experience that headline writers are even dumber than a few of the opposing counsel I've seen in my career.
Linguists deal with these fortunate or unfortunate ambiguities by adding subscripts like "i," "j," etc. to identify the referent, e.g.,
Xrlq[i] called Beldar[j] a Democrat, and then he[i] insulted him[j}
Xrlq[i] called Beldar[j] a Democrat, and then he[j] insulted him[i]
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