Thursday, April 01, 2010

Five noun run spurs brain freeze

In January, we noted a verbal noun mashup in a WSJ headline that triggered all kinds of mental processing errors:
New Breast Screening Limits Face Reversal
Today, the same source delivers a new find-the-verb challenge:
New Russia Blast Fans Terror Fears
Blast fans? Terror fears? We've got a run of five apparent nouns, three of which could function as verbs (blast, fans, fears) two of which actually function as adjectives (Russia, terror) and one of which is a verb (fans).

Someone at the Journal is messing with our heads. Or just very pressed for space.

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