I was delighted to see Ben Zimmer's "On Language" column in tomorrow's NYT, bringing "crash blossoms" to a wider audience, but reading it reminded me that one of the simplest and funniest crash blossoms ever committed was missing. Before I could look it up, though, John McIntyre was there to remind us of it -- as he rightfully should, since it was originally a Baltimore Evening Sun headline, on a home-canning food story:
You can put pickles up yourself
John had mentioned the headline to Ben, he writes, but "sadly, he lacked the space for it." Yeah, that's a convenient and well-worn excuse from people who (like me) write for print. But given the Times's record, how likely is it that this vulgarity (however mild and amusing) would ever have been approved?