Sunday, June 21, 2009

Unnecessary and Confusing "After"

Man killed after being struck by Metra train

That's a Chicago Tribune headline, as it currently shows here.

It's just so wrong. He wasn't "killed after being struck by" the train. He was "killed by" the train. Which the story itself makes clear. It sounds rather like a suicide.

But "killed after" suggests that the man was wandering around dazed after the accident - when someone came up and shot him!

It might be true to say that he "died after" being struck. His heart may have been beating for a while.

It's not really hard to explain:
he was killed by a train.

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