Tuesday, 19th January, 2010

Word Order and Batty English

Here’s a nice example of word order problems:cricket bat

"The brothers, who both lived in Desborough Road, chased intruder Walid Salem, leaving him with a permanent brain injury after he was hit with a cricket bat so hard that it broke into three pieces."

(From the BBC News site at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/8468773.stm

Ludamus wonders whether a softer cricket bat would have broken into even more pieces. Still, it’s only the BBC.

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