QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Eric Stull, an Armonk, N.Y., reader, writes:
“I have been most entertained by your column. If you think, however, that ‘dour’ rhymes with ‘fewer,’ then I suspect you have been drinking too many dours on the rocks.”
QT has you there,
It tends to stay with bourbon.
And will stay with maintaining that some dictionaries, in allowing “dour” to rhyme with “sour,” err.
Which rhymes with “fur.”
As far these pronunciations are concerned, QT never misses a chance to inveigle.
Which rhymes with “beagle.”

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Send in the representatives

John Boenher


News Headline: “Boehner on Benghazi investigation: ‘I don’t want a sideshow.’ ”
The House speaker is right.
He doesn’t run some cheap carnival act.
The House of Representatives has loftier ambitions than that.
Something more like a big top.

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Finding funding

News Headline: “Teen to carry brother 40 miles to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.”
Isn’t it a happy commentary that young people exist who will make such efforts?
And a sad commentary that they have to?

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Blowing smoke

Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), an opponent of marijuana legalization, evading when asked if he had ever smoked it:
“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it’s not a big deal.’ On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn’t, they won’t believe you.”
Rubio meanwhile continues to deny climate change, demonstrating, at least,  that when he was in science classes years ago, he didn’t inhale.

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Or if laid end to end. . . .

News Item: “. . . Currently, about 9 billion tons a year of CO2 are being emitted globally into the atmosphere–the equivalent weight of 4.5 billion pickup trucks being launched into the atmosphere. . . .”
Or the equivalent of 163.7 billion Jennifer Anistons being launched into the atmosphere, if you are still trying to visualize it.

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