The Strange Case of. . . .

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
News Headline: ” ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’  takes the stage in time for Halloween.”
OK.
As long as everyone on stage remembers that the first syllable of “Jekyll” should be pronounced JEE-kull.
But more to the point:
Happy Halloween!

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Power in reserve

McConnell and Boehner
Republican energy lobbyist Michael McKenna when asked about fellow Republicans who keep saying “I’m not a scientist” when asked about climate change:
“It’s got to be the dumbest answer I’ve ever heard.”
Some people sell our politicians short.
There are four days left to the campaigning.
There is still time to surpass and excel. . . .

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Cream
Dave Benson, a Kalamazoo, Mich., reader, regarding reminders that there is no “the” in Smokey Bear, no “the” in front of Magna Carta  or hoi polloi and always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Jane Smith, writes:
“And there is The Ohio State University–not to mention an alternative rock band in The 90s named The The.”
Which isn’t to mention a favorite rock band from The 60s that many people called The Cream when, in fact, it was Cream.
Which reminds QT for some reason of another band, Was (Not Was).
Which isn’t anymore.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Hoi Polloi
Beverly Feldt, a Homewood, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s reminder that there is no “the” in Smokey Bear, no “the” in front of Magna Carta and always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi, writes:
“Why don’t we take all the ‘the’s’ from in front of  ‘the hoi polloi’ and give them to poor ‘Rev
Jane Smith’?”
You are right. And the Rev. Jane Smith would probably agree that “the hoi polloi” are “the the many”–or “the the masses.”
Just as she might agree that we are about to end Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
But we would have to check with the Rev. Smith for that.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Smokey Bear
News Headline: “Smokey the Bear turns 70”.
News Headline: “800th birthday celebration planned for the Magna Carta.”
News Headline:  Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birthday at the White House.”
And as a  birthday present to them all, a reminder:
There is no “the” in Smokey Bear.
There is no “the” in front of Magna Carta.
There is always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi.
Happy Birthdays!

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