On Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:20:18 -0800 (PST), Dingbat
Post by Dingbat Post by Dingbat
Delhi's water crisis leads to mafia, murder and mutiny (headline)
I say: Outside Headlinese, Mafia is not an abstract noun but
I don't know what abstract noun to change it to; I haven't seen
any use of possible candidates such as mafiadom and mafiaship.
Hmm, I got the headline from the subject line of a posting to
soc.culture.indian. The original headline in the newspaper was
different and better.
It seems likely that the headline you saw in soc.culture.indian was the
original in the newspaper article.
The url includes the words:
But the headline is now:
Delhi is facing a water crisis. Ahead of day zero, the city's
residents have turned to the mafia and murder.
The article says:
The Delhi government has in recent years tried to supply water to
unauthorised colonies by drilling water bores, but this is a
short-term solution that exacerbates a bigger problem.
-> Elsewhere, private enterprises — known locally as the "water mafia"
— have been able to profit from the despair by building their own
Peter Duncanson, UK