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Consider the following sentence:

Local Man Loses Pants, Life; Beaver Rescue Falls Short

I've seen this named before where a sentence has two endings but I've been unable to find it on any grammar or linguistics websites.

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Often called syllepsis. –  Cerberus Dec 13 '12 at 18:15
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And sometimes a zeugma. –  Colin Fine Dec 13 '12 at 18:43
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While Greek names inevitably falute higher than mere English ones, what this really is is Headlinese. I.e, it's a characteristic set of journalistic tics (like leaving out and and substituting a comma) that Anglophone editors have come to depend on to save characters in headlines. This is not grammar; this is typography. –  jlawler Dec 13 '12 at 20:11
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This particular example is also a joke, in that it's from an episode of the Simpsons. Not that it makes the question any less legitimate - however, humor often contains linguistic play outside the bounds of normal discourse. –  Mark Beadles Dec 14 '12 at 20:51
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I think he means two direct objects without a conjunction. That clearly isn't normal English grammar; it's headlinese. One has to be pretty inventive answering questions here (as in class) because people often don't know exactly how to talk about what's bugging them, and often focus on something exterior to the real issue. –  jlawler Dec 15 '12 at 17:35
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