Metro Connects Concepts

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But wait, doesn't everybody connect concepts? A.S., who sent the image, commented

This example of headlinese confused me for a bit this morning; surely it wasn’t news that our local transit provider had to think of two concepts coming together?



A.S. eventually figured out that the the three-word sequence "Metro Connects Concepts" is not a sentence, asserting that Metro is connecting concepts to each other — rather, it's a noun phrase, referring to the concepts contained in "Metro Connects", a transit plan for King County.



4 Comments »

  1. Joe said,

    February 3, 2024 @ 8:17 pm

    Is "Connects" even a verb in the original name? Or is it a noun, in the sense of a San Francisco tech entrepreneur in a Patagonia vest texting "thx for the connect! " after a friend gives him a warm introduction to a venture capitalist?

  2. Kaleberg said,

    February 4, 2024 @ 12:09 am

    First hit at DuckDuckGo: "Metro Connects is a long-range service and capital vision developed by Metro, its partners, and the public to provide mobility to all." XXX Connects is a common formation in the Pacific Northwest. I live in Clallam County, and we have Clallam Connects service which provides shuttle vans for the mobility impaired and people who can't drive. Maybe the nomenclature flows from a piece of legislation or just a state planning initiative.

  3. Cervantes said,

    February 4, 2024 @ 8:27 am

    "Metro Connects" is a title and hence refers to a single entity. It should have been in quotation marks, or maybe italics. Even better, a savvy marketer would make it into a logo – a distinctive typeface and color.

  4. Philip Taylor said,

    February 13, 2024 @ 1:02 pm

    Being totally unfamiliar with Seattle, my immediate assumption was that "Metro" was an AI/LLM with which I was unfamiliar, and that its developers were proudly announcing that it could connect concepts, possibly a first in the AI/LLM sphere …

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