Cited from p. 12 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin.
Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway
Ambiguities in newspaper headlines—which are generally written in great haste—can sometimes result in unintended but amusing second readings.
Possible meanings of the sentence:
- Sisters had separated and spent their life in a checkout line at Safeway for ten years. Then, they reunited.
- Sisters separated ten years ago and they had spent their normal life. Then, they reunited in a checkout line at Safeway.
How do you rephrase the sentence to clearly state meaning 1 or 2, keeping it concise?