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Posted: 12 November 2017 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Headline from my local newspaper-

Tractor-Trailer Tips While Unloading Lime in Damariscotta

Next time you need to unload a trailer full of agricultural lime, read the article for tips on what
not to do.

http://lcnme.com/currentnews/tractor-trailer-tips-unloading-lime-damariscotta/

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Posted: 12 November 2017 10:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Presumably the name of the truck driver concerned, Randy Friend, isn’t funny at all in Leftpondia?

[ Edited: 13 November 2017 02:44 AM by Syntinen Laulu ]
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Posted: 13 November 2017 03:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Syntinen Laulu - 12 November 2017 10:57 PM

Presumably the name of the truck driver concerned, Randy Friend, isn’t funny at all in Leftpondia?

I don’t think it would go by unnoticed.  As to the crash-blossomness of the headline I had to read it with the notion that it was a crash blossom to get the unintended reading, I would think the unintended reading would require For instead of While.  Also it would be something like Damariscotta Dumping Regulations...

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Posted: 13 November 2017 04:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Faldage - 13 November 2017 03:10 AM

I don’t think it would go by unnoticed.  As to the crash-blossomness of the headline I had to read it with the notion that it was a crash blossom to get the unintended reading, I would think the unintended reading would require For instead of While.  Also it would be something like Damariscotta Dumping Regulations...

Randy is a pretty common name here in Leftpondia, so while I’m sure he has gotten his share of jibes over the years, most people wouldn’t react upon hearing the name.

The point of a crash blossom is that what comes after the critical, bipolar word (in this case tips) doesn’t really matter. If you read it as a noun, the rest of the sentence will be interpreted that way. Sometimes the result is misunderstanding, sometimes, as in this case, it may just bring confusion.

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Posted: 14 November 2017 03:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Dave Wilton - 13 November 2017 04:49 AM


Randy is a pretty common name here in Leftpondia, so while I’m sure he has gotten his share of jibes over the years, most people wouldn’t react upon hearing the name.

True, but when linked to a last name that can be interpreted as a common noun referring to a human it can make the name a little more susceptible to such japery.  I interpreted the question to be asking if randy was used in South Leftpondia with that meaning.

Dave Wilton - 13 November 2017 04:49 AM


The point of a crash blossom is that what comes after the critical, bipolar word (in this case tips) doesn’t really matter. If you read it as a noun, the rest of the sentence will be interpreted that way. Sometimes the result is misunderstanding, sometimes, as in this case, it may just bring confusion.

I guess I just didn’t see the normal headline grammar in Leftpondia being used in that way to indicate that what follows would be a list of suggestions for action in a situation.  I’d expect something more like:

Tips for Unloading Semis in Damariscotta.

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