Reader reaction to Reuters news
Taking a swipe at our headline
Driver swipes L.A. police cruisers, injures 4 officers
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four Los Angeles police officers were injured on Saturday, one of them critically, when a 64 year-old woman who may have been asleep at the wheel struck their cruisers, police said.
May I respectfully suggest that it be rewritten?
My dictionary’s first definition of the verb swipe is to strike or move with a sweeping motion, which is what the story was about.
If he had actually stolen the cars, as you presumed, I suspect we would have used “steals” rather than “swipes” in the headline: GBU Editor
Los Angeles Police Department cars are lined up at Dodger Stadium before the game against the Saint Louis Cardinals in Los Angeles, California, April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson