QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Click and Clack
Dan Skowron, a Romeoville, Ill., reader, writes:
“I received a letter from my car manufacturer the other day telling me to bring my car in for a ‘service campaign.’ When did recalls become service campaigns, and when can we have recalls back?”
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that a speeding car does not careen through an intersection but careers through it?
Evidently.
And don’t get QT started about people who say “antimony” when they mean “antinomy.”

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Wagging the dog

Buddy Ears
News Item: “Research suggests domesticated pets can’t solve problems as well
as their wild cousins because living with us has made them ‘incapable of thinking for themselves’. . . . ”
There may be something to this.
QT has noticed that its dog Buddy’s ears perk whenever he hears the word “Benghazi.”
No. Wait.
Buddy is smarter than that.

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This just in. . . .

Watermelon Vandals
+ Tom Hedeen, a Chicago reader, regarding a story about watermelon vandalism in Reno, Nev., which another reader suggested is happening in a seedy part of town, writes:
“It may be a case of meloncholia.”
+ Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Isn’t Reno a town that helps people who cantaloupe?”
+ R.R., a New York City reader, writes:
“These things often happen in pears.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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Details, details

President Bush
Jeb Bush responding to an attack on President George W. Bush at the Republican debate:
“As relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe.”
Well. Except for that one day.
But let’s not pick nits.

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