19 April 2007

Now say it again, please

The telegraphic style of the newspaper's headlines is something one gets used to with time. From time to time, however, one is startled nevertheless. Here is one of the best (Guardian April 18, 2007):

Now that you know I am not lying, here is the text again in larger letters:

Mayor shot dead by crime chief enraged his car was damaged at public works construction site, police say.

Two things are clear: that the mayor was shot and that the whole sentence is attributed to the police, so it must be the police spokesperson who was mealymouthed.

But who (and how) enraged the car? And whose car was that? And who (or what) was damaged? And what precisely does that public works construction site have to do with all that?

Questions, questions, questions...