24 April 2006

canes hope maurice gets shot in toronto

This apparently was a headline for a brief time on the Globe and Mail website this morning, and a friend emailed me to let me know. The story was about the likelihood of former Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice being hired on to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. By the time I got there, it had been changed to "Canes hope Maurice gets a shot in Toronto." Seems they'd had to include the indefinite article to avoid a blundered-sounding headline.

Headlines as a rule drop articles, pronouns, and forms of be as either a copula or auxiliary verb. Usually relinquishing a definite or indefinite article has no detrimental effect, unless the result is an independently occurring construction or idiom. In this case, the presence of the article in the expression get a shot (as in, be granted an opportunity to try) is all that distinguishes the structure from the expression get shot (as in suffer a bullet wound). I wonder how many other pairs of expressions or idioms differ only by the presence or absence of an article.

2 Comments:

At Sat Oct 18, 03:02:00 AM 2014, Blogger Shain watson said...

The demand for loans loans for bad credit to individuals in the Tier I cities are always higher than the Tier II cities have. Candidates for personal loans rise in Delhi, which is a positive sign for the loan industry in India bad credit loans During the period of rising interest rates and a pending financial crisis. This also shows that consumers are spending and are more willing to put a blame on them.

 
At Mon Oct 20, 10:04:00 PM 2014, Blogger Shain watson said...

You can subscribe online for many different types of loans, such as loans, car loan, education loan, business loan, personal loan and several other short-term loans. Anyone can apply for such loans; even if you have a bad credit score, you had a lot of option for loans. There are both secured and unsecured loans are available; there are basically online less criteria for the classification of loans.

http://6monthtextloansnoguarantor.co.uk
http://uk6monthloans.co.uk/
http://www.elongtermpaydayloansuk.co.uk/12-month-loans.html

 

Post a Comment

<< Home