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.