Fox News doesn’t identify error in “I.D.’s”

Apparently Fox News is using “Mother” to mean “huge,” so the headline of this article roughly translates into English as something like this:

Huge California Identification’s Missing Daughter’s Bracelet

How can a California ID be missing a bracelet belonging to that ID’s daughter? I guess that’s why this mystery has yet to be solved.

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6 thoughts on “Fox News doesn’t identify error in “I.D.’s”

  1. I’m with Amy. The headline has little to do with size. As I read it, the California mother (female parent) has identified the bracelet that belonged to her missing daughter. Where does size – and for that matter, the military – come in to this?

    • I’m with you. I read it as California Mother Identifies Missing Daughter’s Bracelet – although I don’t understand why the apostrophe is involved in IDs

  2. OK. Let me explain the joke. The author is assuming that “mother” is being deployed as an adjective because the use of mother as a noun would not be grammatically proper.
    The sentence, assuming the apostrophe is used as “is” and not as a possessive, reads:
    California Mother I.D. is Missing Daughter’s Bracelet
    If mother was used as a noun in this sentence, it would not be grammatically proper. If mother is used as an adjective (big), the sentence IS grammatically proper, but nonsensical.

    The author assumes that the sentence is grammatically proper and therefore, mother is an adjective.

    Obviously, Fox News was trying to use “I.D.’s” as short for “identifies,” but apparently that is grammitcally improper as well. I, for one, did not know that.

  3. Peter, thanks for explaining the joke – that makes sense now! However, do you mean to say that I.D. isn’t a proper abbreviation of identify? Could you point to a reference that shows that grammar rule? I’ve been searching online and it looks like it’s acceptable. (Here’s one site: )

    Most references I’ve found show the abbreviation without periods, so are the periods poor grammar? (I’m going to blame those periods for my confusion earlier in calling it an acronym instead of an abbreviation … although if it is okay to use periods, I think the apostrophe was acceptable.) 😉

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