crash blossom

David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Wed Sep 2 01:05:57 UTC 2009

Back around 1989/90 I wrote a series of articles based on crash blossoms
both blatant and subtle. I would take the real headline and then write an
article that I felt was approriate for it. For example, "US Fighter Downs
Iraqi Jet" became an article about George Foreman accidentally swallowing an
Iraqi jet that flew too close to his steak... sort of thing. (For those too
young to remember, Foreman was known for prodigious appetite.) You get the

We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Wilson Gray
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 9:47 PM
Subject: Re: crash blossom

Thanks for the clarification!


On 9/1/09, Chris Waigl <chris at> wrote:
> On 1 Sep 2009, at 03:17, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> A crash blossom?
>> "Like Michael Dell, Mr. Belousov started a computer-assembly business
>> in Russia while he was still in college."
>> Still in college in Texas? Or is it that Mr. Dell started a business
>> in Russia?
> Well, a crash blossom is specifically a headline. Nice ambiguity,
> though.
> Chris
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