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    #1

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    The following headline appears in my morning newspaper: Her and her big mouth: Radio's Wendy Williams coming to TV

    The wording of the headline sounds awkward to me. Is it grammatically correct? I would prefer: Radio's Wendy Williams and her big mouth coming to TV

    What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: Headline

    The author of the article probably just wanted to sound colloquially emphatic, as in
    'Me and my brother are huge fans of....'

    It's a well-known fact that more and more journalists today are putting effectiveness before grammatical accuracy...


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    amigos4: A man with a new Frontier!

    Hey, Marshall - save your energy for shoot-outs that can be won, when it comes to Amer. Eng. grammar!! Maverick journalists are a law unto themselves.

    ( I seen your post, and reckoned to add my dime's worth.)
    Last edited by David L.; 05-Jul-2009 at 20:22.

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    #4

    Re: Headline

    If I may put my two cents in, this sentence has a French twist. We hear it a lot in Québec when speaking about someone who is a "smartass" (): "Elle et sa grande gueule!" This is perfectly correct in French.
    Last edited by Hortence; 06-Jul-2009 at 22:19.

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    #5

    Re: Headline

    Is it possible to say "She and her big mouth"?
    Thanks.


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    #6

    Re: Headline

    I think practically "anything goes" (there are no rules) these days, when it comes to newspaper headlines. However, the most common usage in Amer. English is "me and my big mouth" --which means, "I wish I had not said that." I have not heard it used like this... in the third person...however that's just my experience. I think I would understand better if I knew who Wendy Williams is. From the context I would guess that she makes controversial statements (as comedians and talk radio personalities do).

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    #7

    Re: Headline

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Is it possible to say "She and her big mouth"?
    Thanks.
    Yes, if it's the subject.

    I don't find anything wrong with the original as a headline anyway.
    A: Is that Radio's Wendy Williams?
    B: Yeah it's her and her big mouth. They're coming to TV.

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