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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the Chinese Language

Chinese Wordplay
Mike Wolstein, a Park Ridge, Ill., reader, regarding the Chinese government ban on puns and other wordplay as distracting from the proper meanings of Chinese words, which, QT agreed, could be disorienting, writes:
“Maybe the disregard of proper Chinese usage was occidental.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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As long as they spell his name right?

Bill Cosby
News Headline: “Janice Dickinson breaks down: Bill Cosby is a monster.”
The saying goes: “There is no such thing as bad publicity.”
It may be time to retire that.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Yellowstone
Yellowstone monthly earthquake counts since May have gone from 182 to 135 to 265 to 99 to 207 to 71 to 119.
The trend is apparent.

QT Bureau of Waits and Half-Measures

Ford F-150Jennifer Aniston

News Item: ” Dallas sanitation crews picked up a staggering 38,600 tons of debris in the seven weeks after the storm. . . .Thirty thousand tons is the weight of 11,000 Ford F-150 trucks. Or 240,000 refrigerators. . . .”
Or 770,000 Jennifer Anistons, if you are still trying to visualize it.
And it would take all the water that flows over the Niagara Falls in 1.8 seconds to fill 770,000 Jennifer Anistons.
If that helps.

Targets of photo opportunity

Turkey Pardon
News Item: “Elizabeth Lauten, the GOP staffer who criticized President Obama’s daughters, has resigned. . . . Lauten’s comments struck a nerve among critics who accused her of going too far and turning the two girls into political targets. . . .”
Can we all agree that the  president’s daughters should not be turned into political targets?
This is no way to treat innocent young political props.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the Chinese Language

Chinese Wordplay
From a Chinese government directive calling for a ban on puns and other wordplay:
“Radio and television authorities at all levels must tighten up their regulations and crack down on the irregular and inaccurate use of the Chinese language, especially the misuse of idioms.”
Good.
Millions of Chinese were showing a wonton disregard for correct usage.
It can be disorienting.

24 days until Christmas

Northampton Concert Band
News Headline: “Town band won’t play Christmas carols because ‘people don’t
like singing.’ ”
Ho, Ho, Ho!
And a good time for the annual Christmas reminder that it isn’t “God rest ye, merry gentlemen” but “God rest ye merry, gentlemen.”
And that Christmas pudding should be stirred clockwise.
Ho, Ho, Ho!