It's not on their website, or at least not on the front page, but the lead story in today's local paper comes with this headline:
Bush Condemns Crime of Slavery
I hope those are supposed to be quotation marks indicating Bush's actual word choice. Since Americans generally use double quotations for that purpose, these single quotations look a lot more like ironic sneer quotes. If irony is intended, it's not entirely clear who is the target, and I don't know which of the two possible implications is worse: that the editors don't believe slavery was a crime, or that they don't believe that Bush believes it was. The newspaper is called the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, which may offer a hint as to the likelihood of a sneer and its likely target.
My local grocery store (Wegman's) has a more innocently amusing sign in the bakery section:
2 for $4
That seems awfully high for such simple delicacies.Posted by Dr. Weevil at July 09, 2003 03:41 PM