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December 11, 2015  |  A missed headline opportunity  |  2459 hit(s)

Linguists are fond of this kind of meta-joke:



[Credit: "this card was evidently designed by Ana Elisa Vianna and originally shared on the Facebook page "Trust Me, I'm a 'Linguist'."]

Ok, today someone posted the following article link on Facebook:



(The full article is in The Washington Post.)

When I saw this headline, I was disappointed that the headline writer did not take advantage of this great opportunity to write a sentence that conforms to the linguist joke. Consider this hypothetical version:
Americans like Muslims more than Trump
You see? It's ambiguous, but in both interpretations it's correct. A true missed opportunity. So sad.