Courtesy of CNN:
"Fat CEO salaries..."
Not thin CEO salaries?
The caption was complaining that these salaries were too large, not that the CEOs were too large. This is what I would call ambiguous. You could interpret it to mean that the salaries were fat, or that the CEOs were fat.
I would suggest rewording it:
"Fat salaries of CEOs"
I don't normally advocate using more words, but in this case being a bit wordy results in not being ambiguous.
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