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    What does "Commons bar brawl " mean?


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    Re: What does "Commons bar brawl " mean?

    And here is some helpful information:

    House of Commons

    bar

    brawl

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    Re: What does "Commons bar brawl " mean?

    Thank you.

    But the grammar of the title is still confused to me. If we rewrite it into a sentence, does it be:

    In Commons bar brawl, Labour MP Eric Joyce is accused of 'affair with intern schoolgirl, 17, who was 32 years younger than him'?

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    Re: What does "Commons bar brawl " mean?

    You have to remember that headlines follow their own rules, often tossing out words that would normally be required for proper English. We readers "forgive" this because we understand they are doing it for space-saving reasons. In fact, it saves time for the reader as well.

    This headline is an especially poor example of headline writing, doubly so for someone outside of the UK:

    Commons (huh? Like, the grassy area between buildings?)

    bar brawl (ok, I know what this is, but what does it have to do with the rest of the story?)

    Labour (what? What’s a labour?)

    MP (MP? Military police?)

    Eric Joyce (who’s this? Someone relative of James Joyce?)

    Anyway, you might better understand the headline written as:

    Labour MP Eric Joyce, known for the resent unsavory altercation in the House of Commons, has been accused of an 'affair with an intern schoolgirl, 17, who was 32 years younger than him'.
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