“Victoria Tube line part shut hit by wet concrete flood” . Is this correct English?

Victoria Tube line part shut hit by wet concrete flood is the headline from a BBC headline @ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-25862543.

Which goes on to say:

Part of the Victoria London Underground line has been suspended after wet concrete flooded a control room.

Am I correct in thinking that it should be partly shut instead because we need an adverb to modify shut?

It’s not as if some discrete part/component of the Tube was shut down.

If it makes a difference, my question is more really in the context of American English, to which I’m exposed, rather than the BBC’s UK English.


No, because part is already an adverb meaning partly. According to the OED, this adverb can be used to modify a phrase, a verb, an adjective, or a participle.

For example, here’s a Shakespeare citation they give of this use:

  • 1600 Shakespeare Henry IV, Pt. 2 i. iii. 60
    On..who (halfe thorough) Giues o’re, and leaues his part-created cost, A naked subiect to the weeping clowdes.

And here’s a recent citation:

  • 2000 N.Y. Times 30 Dec. a1/3
    Frankfurt..is comfortable being a part-Muslim city with 27 discreet mosques.

Since shut is an adjective (or a past participle), then part-shut (with or without the hyphen) is a condition meaning partially shut.

Source : Link , Question Author : Italian Philosophers 4 Monica , Answer Author : tchrist

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