Thursday, July 16, 2009

How Many Ways Can You Say Squid?

One thing I find mildly amusing about some news writers is what seems to be a personal challenge to use as many different synonym phrases for the subject matter as possible. For example, a story about a dog would include "pooch," "canine," "man's best friend," and others.

Today the subject is squid. In this article, the writer mentions:
"jumbo flying squid"
"sea monsters"
"carnivorous calamari"
"alien-like cephalopods"
deep-sea giants"
so-called Humboldt squid"
"red devils"
Apparently halfway through the piece the writer ran out of synonymical word combinations, and retreated to using the word squid throughout the rest of the article. She must have taken off her cutesy creative hat.

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