[Ads-l] Strange headline?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jun 24 11:03:59 EDT 2017


> On Jun 23, 2017, at 10:15 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Sometimes they call off the search after no bodies are found - and finding them is unlikely.
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> But of course it might have been more efficient to say "All Seven Missing Sailors Found," and leave the reader to understand, implicitly, that the search has been halted.

I think it would have had to be “Bodies of All Seven Missing Sailors Found” or it would have suggested resurrection (or reincarnation).  Of course, “Bodies” doesn’t necessarily entail “Dead Bodies”, but it strongly implies it…

LH
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> Maybe it is just me, but I found this headline bizarre, because I couldn't
> imagine an serious alternative:
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> <http://elink.thedailybeast.com/click/9875399.458776/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aGVkYWlseWJlYXN0LmNvbS9zZWFyY2gtZm9yLTctbWlzc2luZy11cy1zYWlsb3JzLWhhbHRlZC1hcy1ib2RpZXMtZm91bmQtND92aWE9bmV3c2xldHRlciZzb3VyY2U9RERBZnRlcm5vb24/4e556260e018bee76c34a441B899cd832>Search
> for 7 Missing U.S. Sailors Halted as Bodies Found
> <http://elink.thedailybeast.com/click/9875399.458776/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aGVkYWlseWJlYXN0LmNvbS9zZWFyY2gtZm9yLTctbWlzc2luZy11cy1zYWlsb3JzLWhhbHRlZC1hcy1ib2RpZXMtZm91bmQtND92aWE9bmV3c2xldHRlciZzb3VyY2U9RERBZnRlcm5vb24/4e556260e018bee76c34a441B899cd832>
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