Mum’s the unspeakable word

The Scarborough Evening News this week carries an example of a common technique for self-refuting emphasis popular amongst journalists and idiots alike.

These shocking pictures show the ‘unspeakable’ conditions four young children from Scarborough were forced to live in…

By which, presumably, they mean:

The conditions cannot be described in words, as we are doing, so we will let the pictures unspeak for themselves.

Astute Scarborians will also have noted that the headline—‘Neglect mum is spared jail’—makes the protagonist in this particular cliché a headline superhero.

Written by Statto and Tom

March 14, 2011 at 12:25

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