Weasel wording

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 1 13:00:25 UTC 2010

... or the story is completely made up, which is why all the
qualifiers are there. If we know that there was an incident that
involved a bullet wound to a deputy sheriff, only "shot" would be
unqualifiedly accurate. The rest--both qualifiers and words that they
qualify--are all questionable, including "by". Then again, maybe
"shot" in not accurate either. Was Reagan shot "by" Hinkley? Was he
"shot" at all? [Actually, this is why I said that "by" is included...]


On 5/1/10, Bill Palmer <w_a_palmer at bellsouth.net> wrote:
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> CBS News this morning reported on a deputy sheriff in Arizona, =
> "allegedly shot by suspected illegal immigrants".
> Maybe one qualifier too many.
> Bill Palmer
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