Nothing to sniff at

Nose

News Headline: “Human nose can detect a trillion smells.”
But only when Congress is in session.

News Headline: “Jimmy Carter: Obama doesn’t call me for advice.”
News Headline: “Jimmy Carter on NSA: ‘My own communications are probably monitored.’ ”
So at least someone is listening to him.

News Headline: “. . . all 21 states rejecting the Medicaid expansion did so by decree of a Republican governor or state legislative body. . . .”
For those keeping track of death panels.

The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators:
A school in Penzance, England, ordered teachers to stop using red ink to correct student papers because red ink can have “negative” connotations.

News Item: “. . . joined ME&V as the director of first impressions. . . .”
N.T., a New York City reader, wants to know when receptionists became directors of first impressions, and when can we have receptionists back?

News Headline: “CNN draws fire over wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysian flight mystery.”
No. Wait. As any cable TV news director will tell you, a great deal of thought goes into the coverage of the day’s—oh, look at that bright shiny object!

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
News Item: “. . . Health plans must offer a range of services at no extra charge, including all forms of birth control for women that have been approved by federal regulators. . . .”
J.W., a Macomb, Ill., reader wants to know more about women who have been approved by federal regulators.


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