[Ads-l] "separation with"

Marc Sacks msacksg at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 18 15:43:31 UTC 2020

It sounds as if Liam Hensworth and Miley Cyrus are both discussing the

On Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 12:00 AM Stanton McCandlish <smccandlish at gmail.com>

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> Subject:      "separation with"
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> "Liam Hemsworth Is Opening Up About His Painful Separation With Miley
> Cyrus":
> https://spiritedbliss.com/liam-hemsworth-confession/?as=2100016710067
> (capitalized in all-words headline style).
> Makes me wonder if that one's inevitable.  If it read "separation from", it
> might be inferred to mean he's simply been lonely while she's away on
> tour.  A married couple's legal separation is a jointly-signed instrument,
> so "with" makes sense in a round-about way.  But it sure does sound/read
> weird.  Would be better to rewrite: "Liam Hemsworth opens up about painful
> Miley Cyrus separation agreement". That's actually slightly shorter, and
> more traditional headline syntax, while also being more precise.
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