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Error parsing headline.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:35 pm

On the main page of Reason, headline + sub-head looked sort of like this:
I clicked because I wanted to know why a community in California wanted to be "college free". Too many hippies or something? :o

Instead it's a Libertarian editorial against "free community college" in California. :Yawn:
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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by gnome » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:39 pm

Their biggest point, that it's already subsidized and the cost to the student is nominal, might be flipped: If they're already covering 93% of the cost, is capturing that additional 7% so valuable? Are they spending resources sorting out who has to pay the 7% and who can prove they're poor enough to trim that down even more? Or any other resources involved in extracting that 7%?

If, as the author suggests, if the nominal income requirement has a screening side effect, would they be better off directly screening for whatever that is?

I don't pretend to know the answer, but it's an interesting question.
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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Grammatron » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:47 pm

Look gnome, you are overthinking the silly point of this thread: bad grammar in headlines.

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Post by shemp » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:55 am

There's too many fucking colleges! People should stop learning shit!
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Post by sparks » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:12 am

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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:02 am

Grammatron wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Look gnome, you are overthinking the silly point of this thread: bad grammar in headlines.
The grammar of the headline is not incorrect. You have to willfully misread it to misunderstand.

Everyone knows that "community college" is a thing, and not two separate things.
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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:03 am

Error parsing, as I said.
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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Grammatron » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:54 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:02 am
Grammatron wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Look gnome, you are overthinking the silly point of this thread: bad grammar in headlines.
The grammar of the headline is not incorrect. You have to willfully misread it to misunderstand.

Everyone knows that "community college" is a thing, and not two separate things.
I'm not going to go all Claus and drag this out, so you're right it's not technically incorrect. However, it is far too ambiguous and an editor should have changed or hyphenated the headline.

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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:04 pm

My favorite of that genre from years ago:

British left waffles on the Falkland Islands

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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:09 pm

Grammatron wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:54 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:02 am
Grammatron wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Look gnome, you are overthinking the silly point of this thread: bad grammar in headlines.
The grammar of the headline is not incorrect. You have to willfully misread it to misunderstand.

Everyone knows that "community college" is a thing, and not two separate things.
I'm not going to go all Claus and drag this out, so you're right it's not technically incorrect. However, it is far too ambiguous and an editor should have changed or hyphenated the headline.
I think it is right as is. Had they meant to reference the community, they'd have included the determiner. Headlines do take shortcuts, of course, so it is not hard to blame them for being accurate.

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Re: Error parsing headline.

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:12 pm

OK, that one is pretty good.

On the original one, just adding a hyphen or hyphens wouldn't help. You could rewrite it.
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