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http://news.yahoo.com/charges-pa-man-bagged-deer-wal-mart-lot-145951272.html

I just cannot parse this headline. I understand the story - a fellow was standing in a Wal-Mart parking lot, saw a deer he liked, shot it from across the highway, and is now being charged for being reckless, but I cannot make sense of the headline. Am I missing something, or is it really nonsensical?

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It's as grammatical as a headline is likely to get but If I had written or typeset that headline, I would have included a comma or a dash so that it read like this: "Pa. man bagged deer - Wal-Mart lot deer" –  Kristina Lopez Mar 27 '13 at 21:05
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up vote 2 down vote accepted
  • "PA" is the abbreviation for Pennsylvania
  • "bagged" means shot

I think there is an extra "deer" in there though :-)

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Ah, you mean it should have read "Pa. man bagged Wal-Mart lot deer" instead? That would make somewhat more sense. I understood the "Pa." and "bagged", but that didn't help. –  user41416 Mar 27 '13 at 21:07
    
I think the part of the headline that restates "Wal-Mart lot deer" is making a point and repeating it, with the deer's location, for emphasis and was done intentionally. –  Kristina Lopez Mar 27 '13 at 21:29
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@KristinaLopez: You mean like in the song? Bagged a deer, a Wal-Mart deer; Re, a drop of golden sun... –  J.R. Mar 28 '13 at 9:22
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@J.R., Me, I was appalled by this, Fa, that deer had long to run... yes, like that! :-) –  Kristina Lopez Mar 28 '13 at 11:32
    
Accepted because removing the first "deer" makes the headline make sense, but if @KristinaLopez had posted her comment as an answer, I might have gone with that. –  user41416 Mar 28 '13 at 13:44
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