Heds Up: This headline writer was smokin'

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 2 18:47:49 UTC 2007

On 5/2/07, Doug Harris <cats22 at frontiernet.net> wrote:
> from Editor & Publisher, today, via Daily Media News Feed:
> "Murdoch Has Jones for Dow, But Controlling Family Plans Veto (E&P)"
> Jones, according to the website www.yaelf.com/slang.shtml, (under
> 'The Great Jones', refers to "an addiction to drugs."
> Is there another meaning?
> If not, the hed was cute, albeit _way_ inaccurate!

OED3 and HDAS have the extended sense, "any intense craving or
desire," dated from 1970.

--Ben Zimmer

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