Of all the common tabloid journalese we are exposed to one of the oddest phrases, when you stop to think about it, is the one suggesting celebrities regularly embrace, kiss or go on dates with "strangers". Here's an example that caught my eye today (right).
Did Melanie Sykes really spot a stranger in the crowd and just embrace him? Was this man just minding his own business when Sykes set about him, entirely at random? And what was it about the man that made him so mysterious? How was he behaving? What dark secrets might his behaviour have been concealing?
Or is it just that the journalist had no idea who the man is and couldn't be bothered to find out?
After all, it seems possible that Sykes did know who the man is. It would certainly explain her familiarity with him. In fact I'd go so far as to confidently predict the man's identity was not a mystery to Sykes.