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Monday, June 23, 2014

British Left Waffles on Falklands

and other unintentionally ambiguous headlines:


  1. The best ambiguous headline I have seen, and have the cutting in my possession, is from the London "Daily Telegraph" of a few years ago - " Cuts in hospital chaplains attacked by Archbishop "

  2. May i know what meaning that can we take from this headline?

  3. It's supposed to mean "the politically left parties in Britain can't make up their mind about the Falklands War" but it could also be interpreted as "British people left waffles (pancakes) on the Falkland Islands"


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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.