Linguistic humor, Newspaper screw-ups


In a recent edition we referred to the chairman of Chrysler Corporation as Lee Iacoocoo. His real name is Lee Iacacca. The "Gazette" regrets the error.

Lexical ambiguity

The sewer expansion project is nearing completion but City officials are holding their breath until it is officially finished.

The assembly passed and sent to the senate a bill requiring dog owners in New York City to clean up after their dogs, in penalty of $100 fine. The bill also applies to Buffalo.

The bride-elect was showered with pieces of her chosen china.

Hear Paul Lucas. The complete dope on the weather.

The women included their husbands and their children in their potluck suppers.

Structural ambiguity

CIA held suspect in secret prison for months

Last week Toronto policemen buried one of their own - a 22-year-old constable shot with his own revolver in a solemn display of police solidarity rarely seen in Canada.

Mrs. Consigny was living alone in her home in Nakoma after her husband died in 1954 when the phone rang.

Two men - one carrying a dynamite bomb and the other an officer of the New Jewish Defense League - were arrested today on charges of plotting to bomb the Egyptian government tourist office in Rockefeller Center, the FBI announced.

After years of being lost under a pile of dust, Walter P. Stanley, III, left, found all the old records of the Bangor Lions Club at the Bangor House.

The AFSC began by reconstruction work in World War I and fed the needy of all views after the Russian Revolution, headed by future President Herbert Hoover.

Black Panther leader Huey Newton, terming a 1974 murder charge "strictly a fabrication," said yesterday he will testify at his trial on charges of killing a prostitute against his lawyer's advice.

Newman, author of two Book-of-the-Month club books on the abuse of language, hinted in a speech to nearly 1,300 persons in the Memorial Union Theater that efforts to improve language may be the result of attacks on pompous, inane, verbose language such as his.

Chief Blue, the last full-blooded Catawba Indian Chief died in 1959. The Evening Herald inorrectly said Wednesday that he died three years ago due to a reporting error.

The father was employed at the Seabrook nuclear power plant, and commuted for some months. Then the family moved to Seabrook, where they are happily living.

The bride was wearing an old lace gown that fell to the floor as she came down the aisle.

Yoko Ono will talk about her husband John Lennon who was killed in an interview with Barbara Walters.
(Steven Pinker. 1994. The language instinct. Morrow. 102.)

Two cars were reported stolen by the Groveton police yesterday.
(Steven Pinker. 1994. The language instinct. Morrow. 102.)

The license fee for altered dogs with a certificate will be $3 and for pets owned by senior citizens who have not been altered the fee will be $1.50.
(Steven Pinker. 1994. The language instinct. Morrow. 102.)

Tonight's program discusses stress, exercise, nutrition, and sex with Celtic forward Scott Wedman, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Dick Cavett.
(Steven Pinker. 1994. The language instinct. Morrow. 102.)

We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container.
(Steven Pinker. 1994. The language instinct. Morrow. 102.)

One witness told the commissioners that she had seen sexual intercourse taking place between two parked cars in front of her house.
(Steven Pinker. 1994. The language instinct. Morrow. 109.)


Dr. Benjamin Porter visited the school yesterday and lectured on "Destructive Pests." A large number were present.

The ladies of the county medical society auxiliary plan to publish a cookbook. Part of the money will go to the Samaritan Hospital to purchase a stomach pump.

Columbia, Tennessee, which calls itself the largest outdoor mule market in the world, held a mule parade yesterday headed by the Governor.

Gene Autry is better after being kicked by a horse.


Migraines strike twice as many women as do men.


Yesterday we mistakenly reported that a talk was given by a battle-scared hero. We apologize for the error. We obviously meant that the talk was given by a bottle-scarred hero.