Posted by: Chris Cole | January 24, 2010

“Toddler survives lethal snakebite”… Hmmm…

I suppose it could be argued I’m just just in a grumpy, pedantic mood after a run of night shifts, but after brief perusal of the Google News offerings this morning, I can’t help but wonder if I’m the only one who finds the headline “Toddler Survives Lethal Snakebite” inherently oxymoronic and well, just plain dumb? “Venomous” snakebite, perhaps. “Potentially lethal” snakebite, maybe. Possibly there’s a “two-syllable rule” for headlines at The Age, so as not to tax the linguistic skills of their target readership? Who knows. The article in question can be found here:

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/toddler-survives-lethal-snake-bite-20100123-mrog.html

Perhaps we can beatify, canonise, or hey, even raise to messiah-hood the toddler in question. After all, he’s come back from the dead?

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