Wordcraft Home Page    Wordcraft Community Home Page    Forums  Hop To Forum Categories  The Written Word    Another one of those "you know what it means, but..." headlines
Go
New
Find
Notify
Tools
Reply
  
Another one of those "you know what it means, but..." headlines Login/Join
 
Member
posted
Muncie man faces up to 50 years after molesting plea

Why would he molest a plea?
 
Posts: 4428 | Location: In a cornfield in central IndianaReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of Proofreader
posted Hide Post
quote:
Why would he molest a plea?

Don't knock it till you've tried it.


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
 
Posts: 5985 | Location: Rhode IslandReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
posted Hide Post
Isn't a noun, not a verb, required to make sense? "Molestation" would be the right word, I think. Or does New Age Grammar disagree?

Furthermore, how is it that "molest" has begun to only be used as a nonspecific term for sexual impropriety? That wasn't the first definition in my old dictionary!

Geoff the language luddite Roll Eyes
 
Posts: 4428 | Location: In a cornfield in central IndianaReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of BobHale
posted Hide Post
Reading book.
Playing cards.
Cooking utensils.
Driving gloves.
Turning point.
Milking stool.
Walking dead.

That said, I agree that the headline is momentarily amusing.
 
Posts: 7852 | Location: EnglandReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of Kalleh
posted Hide Post
quote:
Furthermore, how is it that "molest" has begun to only be used as a nonspecific term for sexual impropriety? That wasn't the first definition in my old dictionary!

I checked OED about how the definition of molest has changed over the years. It was first cited by Chaucer in 1425 to mean "To cause trouble, grief, or vexation to; to disturb, annoy, inconvenience." It wasn't until 1889, in the Jrn.l Anthropol. Inst., that it came to mean "to harrass, attack, or abuse sexually.
 
Posts: 23264 | Location: Chicago, USAReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
posted Hide Post
From the on-line NY Times: "The Philippine military is verifying a claim by Abu Sayyaf militants that they have kidnapped a German man from a yacht and shot and killed his female companion, whose suspected body was found in the abandoned boat ..."

"Suspected body?" Hmmmmmm... Confused
 
Posts: 4428 | Location: In a cornfield in central IndianaReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of Kalleh
posted Hide Post
It doesn't even make sense.
 
Posts: 23264 | Location: Chicago, USAReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
posted Hide Post
Is the boat abandoned if its occupants are either killed or kidnapped? As you said, Kalleh, the NYT should do better!
 
Posts: 4428 | Location: In a cornfield in central IndianaReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of Kalleh
posted Hide Post
I see your point about "abandoned," though in looking it up, it means having been deserted, and I suppose if the occupants are killed, it's deserted.

The word "desert" is interesting. "Desert" a baren land, is pronounced differently from "desert" (to abandon), while the latter is pronounced like "dessert.
 
Posts: 23264 | Location: Chicago, USAReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of arnie
posted Hide Post
quote:
while the latter is pronounced like "dessert.

More like "dezzert" here in the UK.


Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
 
Posts: 10925 | Location: LondonReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of Proofreader
posted Hide Post
dez-URT (the food; DEZ-urt (Barren land)


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
 
Posts: 5985 | Location: Rhode IslandReply With QuoteReport This Post
  Powered by Social Strata  
 

Wordcraft Home Page    Wordcraft Community Home Page    Forums  Hop To Forum Categories  The Written Word    Another one of those "you know what it means, but..." headlines

Copyright © 2002-12