Monday, July 16, 2012

On the Menu

Doomed
Urges
Irks
Hits
Killings
Undercut
Slams
Tripped
Penalty
Claw Back
Cast Doubt
Squeeze
Pockets of Strength
War
Freezes Out
Plays Up
Cookie Crumbles
Nears Exit
Investigates
Mayhem
Tear Down
Get ‘Haircuts’
Ban
Arms for Battle
Pushed
Tax Cliff
Tune Out
Relieves
Tie Hands
Bulks Up to Fight
Calls Back
Go After
Extreme Regret

Herewith words and phrases surgically removed, chopped, cut, or squeezed out of today’s headlines in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ, here, of course, is just a random sample and not in any way different from the media taken as a whole. The writing in the Journal is good. Most stories tell you the essence in a lead sentence. Admirable. The picture of the world that emerges is that of giant monsters with pea-sized brains doing battles to the death in a world that is nothing but conflict. That’s Progress. The Journal also captured my two reactions: Tune Out and Extreme Regret.

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