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Old habits, dying hard…

From the afore-cited and ever-amusing Criggo.com (“Newspapers are going away. That’s too bad.”) TotH to Miss Cellania.

As we realize that it’s time to get to work on our New Year’s resolutions, we might pause to wish the happiest of birthdays to Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain; he was born on this date in 1835 in Florida, Missouri.

Clemens began his career as a newspaper man– first as a typesetter, then as a reporter.  But he had no fear of new technologies:  he was the first author to submit a typewritten manuscript to his publisher.

photo by Matthew Brady

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From the ever-amusing (and ever-illuminating) Michael Quinion and Wide Wide Words:

The news ticker on the BBC site on 10 August read “Police chase man killed by train”. This was not a report of post-mortem athleticism:  the first three words make up a noun phrase – the police chased a  man, who was then killed by a train…

A similar confusion surrounds a headline found on the website of the Vancouver Province on 5 August: “Archeologist shoots dead rampaging polar bear”…

The story in the Sydney Morning Herald last Monday, on the other hand, is merely badly phrased: “Turks are notorious for breaking out into gunshots to celebrate weddings and sports victories”…

The headline on the website of The Daily Caller of Miami seems to imply a multifunction weapon: “Boy chases away man who shot his dad with kitchen knife.”

As we hesitate before committing to a headline, we might wish a joyeux anniversaire to writer and film-maker Alain Robbe-Grillet, whose first novel, The Erasers (Les Gommes) earned him the praise of eminent critics like Roland Barthes and (in retrospect) the title “father of the Nouveau Roman.”

Alain Robbe-Grillet

Written by LW

August 18, 2010 at 12:01 am

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