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Re: Dumb headlines thread

Unread post by O Really » Thu May 17, 2018 8:17 am

Story here possibly too sad for this frivolous thread, but still...

"Texas man shoots dead ex-wife's three children, boyfriend, police say"
(the ex-wife wasn't and isn't dead)

Apparently just another "good guy with a gun"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/te ... &ocid=iehp

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Re: Dumb headlines thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Thu May 17, 2018 9:41 am

O Really wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:17 am
Story here possibly too sad for this frivolous thread, but still...

"Texas man shoots dead ex-wife's three children, boyfriend, police say"
(the ex-wife wasn't and isn't dead)

Apparently just another "good guy with a gun"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/te ... &ocid=iehp
Allowing for not taking the space to say that the ex-wife was also shot and wounded, why is that a dumb headline? I guess it could have meant the Texas man's boyfriend, but few would think that.
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Re: Dumb headlines thread

Unread post by O Really » Thu May 17, 2018 10:37 am

Grammatically, "dead" in this sentence is an adjective, that modifies the noun "wife." Therefore, the first correct interpretation is that the Texas man's wife died, after which he shot her children and the person who was her boyfriend.

The second interpretation (apparently what they had in mine) is that the Texas man "shoots (the woman's children...) dead" and compared to shooting them without killing them. That assumes that the term "to shoot dead" is a proper term. Probably not, in my Oxford Mum's world.

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Re: Dumb headlines thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Thu May 17, 2018 12:15 pm

O Really wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 10:37 am
Grammatically, "dead" in this sentence is an adjective, that modifies the noun "wife." Therefore, the first correct interpretation is that the Texas man's wife died, after which he shot her children and the person who was her boyfriend.

The second interpretation (apparently what they had in mine) is that the Texas man "shoots (the woman's children...) dead" and compared to shooting them without killing them. That assumes that the term "to shoot dead" is a proper term. Probably not, in my Oxford Mum's world.
Ah, thanks. If I was being bothered by a dead ex-wife, I would shoot her, too.

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