Known associate of disgraced priest slanders lesbian playwright

The words are lurid, fragrant, irresistible. You see them in a headline or in a lede and you find yourself stuck to the page, scouring the story for more. Kneecapping. Pig valves. Ecoterrorist. Put them in the right order and these words have the resonance of a tone poem.

For the past day, a newspaperman in Philly, Michael Currie, has been volleying with some of his personal favorites--a little game of newspaper ping pong. It goes without saying, reader, that the comments section below ought to be turned into a round-robbin for your personal faves.

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