QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Cheerleaders
News Item: “. . . The Cook County commissioner then honed in on Emanuel’s Achilles heel: the closing of a record 50 Chicago public schools. . . .”
George Hillier Sr., a Highland, Ind., reader, asks for a reminder that it is “home in,”
not “hone in.”
News Item: “. . . . ‘Our forests are really in terrible shape,’ she said, choked by a variety of exotic, invasive vines. . . .”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, wonders if the woman isn’t in worse shape than the forests.
And while we’re at it, quick, before the football season is over:
Cheerleaders don’t wave pompoms.
Cheerleaders wave pompons.

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The X’s and O’s and Zzzzzz’s

Football Timeout
D.B., a Chicago reader, writes:
“I was watching an NFL game Sunday, and thanks to all the timeouts and reviews and  commercials, the final five minutes of the game took more nearly 40 minutes to play. Can anything more be done to slow this game down?”
Hard to say.
We’ll have to ask the football people who like to call baseball tedious.

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Not gone but forgotten

Veterans Affairs

News Headline: “Six months since VA scandal broke, and ‘nothing has changed.’ ”
The Department of Veterans Affairs should be commended for its efficiency.
It often takes years for the federal government to accomplish nothing.

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