Crash into Me

Yesterday, I read this blog post on the Language Log referring to something called a crash blossom. I had never heard that term in my life, so I did some research and finally found out what it means.

Today, a blog post from A Walk in the Words was posted giving a very excellent definition of a crash blossom (it includes a great tree structure diagramming the break down of the sentences as well).

Essentially, a crash blossom is a garden path sentence that is a headline for an article. It leads “a reader down a path to an incorrect semantic and/or syntactic interpretation of the sentence during the initial analysis or parsing of the sentence.”

The next time you are reading the newspaper or glancing at a headline, see if you can pick out any crash blossoms.

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