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Posted: 03 December 2017 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The following headline on Fox News struck me as odd.

Wall Street big, 49, killed by shark while diving in Costa Rica

She’s an equity manager and certainly not anything big on Wall Street and if she were it’s an odd way to put it even for headlinese. So am I missing an abbreviation here, ie B.I.G.?

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Posted: 03 December 2017 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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"Manager” means “big” to some folks. By
the way, we just talked about crazy headlines:

http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/forums/viewthread/4098/

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Posted: 04 December 2017 01:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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We did, but this doesn’t really fit into the crash blossom type.

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Posted: 04 December 2017 04:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Sound’s more like a Variety headline. That paper has many different slang terms for entertainment jobs. Maybe Fox News is taking a tip from them.

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Posted: 04 December 2017 06:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It’s bog-standard (US) headlinese for “important person”; big in this sense goes back at least to 1833.  This very headline is being discussed at the Log here.  (As I say there, “space is at a premium in headlines and a three-letter word will be seized on gratefully no matter what its pattern of use in the wider language.")

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Posted: 04 December 2017 08:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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When space is at a premium, simplify. Add an exclamation point to get the readers’ hearts pumped up, and walla! Problem solved. Why Fox News created that monstrosity is baffling.

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Posted: 04 December 2017 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Why Fox News created that monstrosity is baffling.

I’m not sure why you say this, because you explained it in the previous sentence.  Also, I’m not sure why it’s any more of a “monstrosity” than any other headline.  If you’re expecting Proustian prose in a headline, you’re barking up the wrong madeleine.

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Posted: 04 December 2017 06:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Eyehawk - 04 December 2017 08:15 AM

When space is at a premium, simplify. Add an exclamation point to get the readers’ hearts pumped up, and walla! Problem solved. Why Fox News created that monstrosity is baffling.

There’s a New York Post byline. There’s less need for brevity in web news headlines than on a newspaper front page but old habits die hard.

I’m going to go ahead and assume your spelling of voila was intended ironically!

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Posted: 04 December 2017 08:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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No it wasn’t. Didn’t know it was a word. Thanks for the information.

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Posted: 08 December 2017 10:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks for linking to the Log article, lh, very informative.

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