Mistrial and error

News Headline: “Karl Rove: Hillary may have brain damage.”
OK. . . Benghazi won’t do it. . .  people are catching on. . . wait. . .  brain damage. . . brain damage, that’s the ticket. . . .
News Headline: “Rove on Hillary Clinton: ‘Of course she doesn’t have brain damage.’ ”
OK. . . what else. . . anyone got Lewinsky’s phone number?

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline: “Sewer system explosion in Calumet City leaves massive crater.”
Mike Oelrich, a Chicago reader, writes:
“I thought this was interesting, as a crater has no mass whatsoever.”
You are one of those purists, aren’t you, who believe that “massive” means having great mass and should not refer to things that have great size, but no mass.
But look at it this way:
Today’s news tells us of a  massive boulder, a massive landslide, a massive rotting blue whale. . .
. . . and a massive redesign, a massive trend, a massive PR problem, a massive step, a massive advantage, massive ratings, a massive predawn raid. . . .
And we shouldn’t forget funeral directors who find their job to be a massive undertaking.
Tell you what.
We can all agree on this:
The word is massively overused.

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Today’s good news: Two more that missed us

News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
That was nearly two weeks ago..
Overdue are headlines for two more killer bus-sized asteroids discovered since then.
Asteroids 2014 JR24 and 2014 JG55 were discovered while passing even closer to Earth–closer than the orbits of the highest man-made satellites.
But there remains no cause for concern, as these things happen all the time.

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