Saturday, 13 November 2010
I have been using these, and been amused by them, for decades without knowing what they were called. They are plentiful in English but not so much in other languages, and are most often found in newspaper headlines. They come mostly from the use of nouns which could be used as verbs, a well-known example (which I was proud to use and get away with when I was a sub at the BBC) being "Government Push Bottles Up Resistance". One used by the Guardian ages ago was "British Left Waffles on Falklands" which conjures up delightful images of discarded breakfast foods littering Goose Green. Anyway. Examples please.