Crash Blossoms

I found this Amplify’d by Doug Belshaw. He writes:

“Some great examples here of ‘crash blossoms’, a term defined to mean an ambiguous (and usually funny) headline that equivocates on a key term.

See ‘Zeugma’ –

I use an exercise involving ambiguous headlines early in my A-level English courses as a way into looking at the importance and usefulness of grammatical analysis in determining meaning. (Working out what happens when something goes wrong is often a great way of seeing how it’s working when everything’s fine.)

A-level English students taking their ENGB3 exam next week might like to comment on the term ‘crash blossom’ itself. (Take a look here for more on its origins:

As far as I can see, none of the crash-blossoms given are examples of zeugma, though.

Do you think ‘crashblossom’ is likely to become a widely accepted part of the English lexicon? How would you determine if it had? What other neologisms can you think of that have similarities to this?

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