Thursday, March 23, 2006

Oh, How We Love English …

On Wednesday 22nd March 2006, 38-yr old Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic primary nomination for a Chicago district, previously held by retiring Republican Senator Henry Hyde.

However interesting that might sound, then the following should help to explain things…

A former Lieutenant in the US Army National Guard, Ms Duckworth was a helicopter pilot in Iraq when, in November 2004, she lost both legs when her aircraft was shot down while on active service.

The good old BBC ran with the following headline:
“An American woman who lost both her legs when her helicopter crashed in Iraq is to run for the US Senate.”

However varied and expressive the English language is, someone must have spotted the faux pas …?

Maybe not …



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