Pirates paid $9m ransom

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Sun Nov 7 15:16:22 UTC 2010


It took me a long second to realize that the headline "Pirates paid
$9m ransom" meant that the pirates _were_ paid a 9 million dollar
ransom and not that they did the paying. I suppose that pirates
occasionally pay for stuff (parrot treats, tattoos, and the like), but
when it comes to ransoms they are always the payees and never the
payers.

http://www.theage.com.au/world/pirates-paid-9m-ransom-20101107-17ivd.html

Paul

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