Tuesday, June 20, 2006

You say tettai, I say you've got an agenda

Yes, for those of us keeping score, the results from the headlines in the evening papers are in:

Nikkei Shimbun = tesshū
Yomiuri Shimbun = tesshū

Mainichi Shimbun = tettai
Asahi Shimbun = tettai
Bad Mainichi!! Bad Asahi!! You did not get with the program! You do not advance to the round of 16! Go Home! Do not pass "Go"! Do not collect $200!

Of course, the headline writers of both newspapers, adamant opponents of the Iraq dispatch, knew exactly what they were doing. Using tettai in their headlines was their version of the "Brave Sir Robin" song:

Brave Sir Robin ran away
Bravely, ran away...away...
When danger reared its ugly head
He bravely turned his tail and fled

Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
And gallantly he chickened out
Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat
Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin!
My rightist co-worker expressed the opinion that the Mainichi and the Asahi should do the anatomically impossible to themselves.

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