crash blossom


noun

an ambiguously worded headline whose meaning can be interpreted in the wrong way, as “Missing Woman Remains Found.”See also garden-path.

Nearby words

  1. crapulously,
  2. craquelure,
  3. crash,
  4. crash and burn,
  5. crash barrier,
  6. crash boat,
  7. crash cart,
  8. crash course,
  9. crash dive,
  10. crash helmet

Origin of crash blossom

First recorded in 2009; from “Violinist Linked to JAL Crash Blossoms,” misleading headline of article about successful violinist whose father died years before in plane crash

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