Occasionally I post some observation about language only to Facebook rather than to this blog (with a link from Facebook), when I think the observation is inconsequential. But it usually turns out that readers find more to say on the topic.
So on the 31st, I noted (in “Annals of headline reading”) that I read what I took to be:
(1) A Plan for Less Trash: Turn New Yorkers Into Composers
(a peculiar idea, but the pull of the familiar word composer overrode the oddness of the thought) for the actual headline:
(2) A Plan for Less Trash: Turn New Yorkers Into Composters
(which makes a great deal more sense).
This encouraged readers to play with the morphological resources of English. (more…)