Monday, January 12, 2009

Man Poked by Katana Wielder In Ann Arbor

So, Djenna just sent me possibly the funniest article for the beginning of this year yet. Some kid at a fraternity got “poked” by a katana.

Ann Arbor police said they arrested a man who poked an unruly partygoer with a sword Saturday morning.

Officers were called for an assault at the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity at 820 Oxford Road at about 3 a.m. and found a 23-year-old man with a small cut on his abdomen, Detective Sgt. Richard Kinsey said.

The man refused medical treatment and told police he was at a party at the location when a resident threatened him with a sword.

Yes, for some reason the journalist who wrote this article seems to want to use “poked” to describe the assault. Although, it seems to me that anytime a sword is brandished and pierces someone else's skin, that it was in fact a stabbing—isomuch however minor the wound.

I guess that the journalist just doesn't realize that there are more gradations of assault between jabbed at and ran through.

Yes, I am assuming it was a katana, I could be wrong. The writer describes it as a “samurai sword” and in American culture that's generally only katanas.

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