crash blossom


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019