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Use of the word "harriers"

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by Michael Echan, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Michael Echan

    Michael Echan Member

    I'm writing the headline of a XC story and I'm wondering if it would be acceptable to use "harrier" in it. The headline would read "Team A harriers nipping at Team B's heels." Suggestions?
  2. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Not a chance.
  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    We've got a very old writer at our place who uses terms like that and 'cagers' and 'gridders' and the like all the time. We usually let it slide, although a more respectable paper probably would not and I'm not in favor of it.
  4. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    While the word 'harrier' is technically correct - it's one of the secondary definitions of the word, behind 'small hawk' and 'hound' - it's archaic sounding, unfamiliar to most folks except as a shopworn sports phrase like 'kegler,' and draws unnecessary attention to itself.

    Let sleeping harriers lie. Look for something less arcane.
  5. Michael Echan

    Michael Echan Member

    Got it. I'm going with "runners" instead. Thanks for the advice.
  6. sportshack06

    sportshack06 Member

    Writer - and I use the term loosely - for a local daily here uses the term harrier.

    He also uses "duffer" in reference to prep golf...
  7. I used to use all of those ironically. (Too many Chip Hilton novels when I was a kid. Pete Williams of the Valley Falls Times was big on them.) Inevitably, I'd get a letter from someone between 85 and 300 years old telling me how much he liked my stuff because it reminded him of the good old days.
  8. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    I've always found "thinclads" to be amusing.
  9. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    Waste of space and wording.

    Why not "Team A nipping at Team B's heels"?
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