Simply a matter of taste

News Item: “. . . 12 percent of American adults reported watching porn on the Internet. . . .”
News Item: “. . . 12 percent of Americans approve of
Congress. . . .”
So now we have 12 percent of Americans explained.

News Headline: “Lockdown lifted at Brandon Hospital; ‘shooter on the roof’ was maintenance worker with drill.”
Why do these silly panics keep happening in a nation with only 300 million guns that anyone can get his hands on?

News Headline: “Red wine helps kill cancer cells, new study reports.”
News Headline: “Beer can be good for your heart.”
News Headline: “Peanut butter may help to prevent cancer.”
News Headline: “Chocolate is healthy for your brain and heart, study says.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

News Headline: “Saudi clerics protest women driving.”
Reminds QT. It hasn’t checked lately.
There are currently 1,710 Google hits for “tap-dancing militant Islamic fundamentalists.”
For those keeping track.

Stephen J. Smith, a Minneapolis reader, regarding another reader’s judgment that, in referring to Tea Party members as Banana Republicans, we guava winner, writes:
“This line of thinking could make a mango nuts.”
Stop it.
Kiwi please stop this?

News Headline: “White House works to flip Obamacare narrative.”
When did changing a story become flipping a narrative, and when can we have changing stories back?

 

News Headline:Insects aren’t gay, study finds, but possibly confused or over-excited.”
That’s their story, and they’re sticking to it.

QT Modern Corporate Gibberish of the Week:
Aenova and Vitera have announced mergers.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
B.S., an Evanston, Ill., reader, writes:
“Some of us were talking about the death of adverbs, as in the street sign ‘DRIVE SLOW.’ What do you think?”
QT thinks adverbs, like adjectives, should be used sparing.
But even if used rare, they should be used correct.
And there are always the signs that have the adverb right but forget the punctuation:
“CHILDREN AT PLAY DRIVE SLOWLY.”
As well they should.

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