This story was one of the top stories in today’s edition of The Record. (for those of you not from the area, that’s our local newspaper) As you can see from the underlined portion, the first thing that jumped to my mind when I read it was that one man was hit with a sword and wasn’t injured. Well…that doesn’t really seem like a very good sword now, does it? By definition, “a sword fundamentally consists of a blade and a hilt, typically with one or two edges for striking and cutting, and a point for thrusting.” (Wikipedia)
How on earth does someone get hit with this thing and not get injured? Either it’s the dullest sword in history (and even then, you’re still getting hit with a big, long, piece of metal, aren’t you?), or the 17-year-old shaggy “swordsman” is not very aggressive. And you would think if you’re walking around town at night in a black trenchcoat carrying a sword, it’s probably in your best interest to know how to swing the damn thing.
Let’s get past the fact for a moment that some guy is walking around town with a sword, (or maybe just a big, long piece of metal with a handle) and revel in the awesome-ness of some Lord of the Rings geek who can’t even wait until the next Renaissance Fair to break out his costume.
And if he didn’t get anything in the attempted robbery, should the story still be referring to him as a “robber?”