A New York Times story today about Barack Obama's trip to Europe included this:
But he was vague on crucial issues of trade, defense and foreign policy that currently divide Washington from Europe and are likely to continue to do so even if he becomes president — issues ranging from Russia, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan to new refueling tankers and chlorinated chickens, the focus of an 11-year European ban on American poultry imports.
Say wha'? You don't usually see chlorinated and chickens side-by-side. Later, the story explains:
The United States complains that the European ban on American poultry costs American farmers about $200 million a year. The Europeans do not like the chlorine bath Americans use to disinfect their chickens, an argument that is less about safety than about taste.
Oh, OK. That makes me feel a little better. I think.
And no, this post isn't exactly about words, but the tag line up there does say "and other oddities." I think this qualifies.