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Word Order in the Court!

By Dave Fox
Seattle, Washington

[This post originally appeared on my Wordsplash blog in 2008.]

 

Word order in sentences is more important than a lot of people realize. Take a look at the headline highlighted in red below, which appears this morning on cnn.com

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When I first read the headline, I seriously thought the teens were engaging in prostitution in the courtroom. But the judge and jury are safe. The news article explains the teens were in court, accused of prostitution elsewhere.

A simple shuffling of the words produces a more accurate headline: “Teens accused in court of prostitution.”

Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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