Ryan’s Hope

News Headline: “Rep. Paul Ryan misused data to show poverty programs don’t work, say economists he cited.”
No. That would mean he’s being slippery and dishonest.
So there must be some other explanation.

News Headline: “Fifth annual National Day of Unplugging.”
It will be Friday.
Want to avoid the Internet?
Go to nationaldayofunplugging.com.

News Headline: “Crimea and Punishment: Return of the Cold War.”
News Headline: “Ukraine’s currency plunge nothing more than ‘Crimea River.’ ”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which are violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) Update:
The U.S. Geological Survey wants you to know that the new “ground deformation” and a tripling of earthquakes at Yellowstone are not “worrisome.”
So don’t be a worry wart.

News Headline: “The downfall of Justin Bieber: A timeline.”
Add historical timelines to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.
And Tom Nee, an Oak Lawn, Ill., reader, wants to know when paintball parks became scenario fields, and when can we have paintball parks back?

News Item: “. . . an estimated 50 tons of trash that has been left on Mount Everest by climbers over the past six decades. . . .”
And maybe add remote and mysterious grandeur to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
+ Martin Tangora, a Chicago reader, regarding QT’s mention that “dour” should rhyme with “fewer,” writes:
“I disagree about ‘dour,’ which certainly does not rhyme with ‘sour’ (the usual mistake) but has only one long syllable like ‘your’ or ‘tour,’ not two syllables like ‘fewer.’ ”
Or maybe QT just never got the hang of pronouncing “fewer.”
+J.K, a Sydney, Australia, reader, while we are at it, wants you to know that “scone” down there rhymes tends to rhyme with “con.”
And we’ll settle on that.
The fwr pronunciations, the better.


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