25 April 2010

Examples of "noun piles"

"Ministers mull volcano ash cloud flight chaos measures" was a headline at the BBC; the last six words constitute a "noun pile."  A longer example is ""Profit distribution plan share buyback offer acceptance notice."

These are explained and discussed at Language Log.

1 comment:

  1. Dangerously close to schizophasia word salad presentation confusion.

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