[Ads-l] Crash-blossom OTY

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 17 16:42:30 UTC 2015


Yes, the "on" makes the unintended reading less likely, but the weird plural in the modifier within the compound--which seems to have become a standard option anymore--makes it more likely.  For me, it can only be "Paris attack victims", even given the multiplicity of attack sites--i.e. the victims of attacks are attack victims, not attacks victims.

LH

> On Nov 17, 2015, at 8:52 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Not perfect, but close enough for government work.
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> On the TV screen, with all caps,  the "on" was easily misread (or, better,
> "automatically absorbed )" as "of."
> 
> JL
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> On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 8:46 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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>> Well, at least they got the preposition better than "for" or "of".=C2=A0
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>> at is, I don't think there is a "deputy mayor on Paris", so that I find
>> the=
>> headline a bit difficult to read as "the deputy mayor on Paris attacks
>> the=
>> victims."
>> Deputy mayor "for" or "of" Paris seems to crash more loudly.=C2=A0 And
>> "Dep=
>> uty mayor for Paris attacks victims" crashes with a different ambiguity --
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>> is the deputy major for (does he support) the Paris attack victims?
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>> Joel
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>> CNN caption:
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>> "DEPUTY MAYOR ON PARIS ATTACKS VICTIMS."
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>> JL
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