QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language (and, also, Creatures of the Night)

Happy Halloween

News Item: “. . . as he was rewriting history about his well-documented support for. . . .”
Jack Finarelli, a Falls Church, Va., writes:
“When did ‘lying’ become ‘rewriting history,’ and when can we have ‘lying’ back?”
News Item: “. . . were stopped heading eastbound on Interstate 70. . . .”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Isn’t ‘heading eastbound’ redundant? Shouldn’t it be ‘heading east’ or just plain ‘eastbound’?
I hear traffic reporters doing this often, too.”
And can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that  there is no “hollow” in “Halloween”?
And that that the first syllable of “Jekyll” rhymes with “cheek”?
Evidently.
More to the point:
Happy Halloween!

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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

Massive Crack
News Headline: “Massive ‘crack in the Earth’  opens up suddenly in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains.”
Scientists caution that this is not  a sign that Yellowstone is about to erupt.
It is just a massive crack in the Earth that has opened up suddenly in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains near Yellowstone.

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QT 2016 vote count countdown update

GOP Debate
News Item: “Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington D.C. on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party’s messy debate process. . . .”
Messy is right.
The effort will be to tighten the format into a working synthesis of “Survivor” and “Are You Smarter than a 5th-Grader?”

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Remembering when politics was the second best spectator sport after baseball

Spectator Sport
The latest trend changes for Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump:
Sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways.
Respectively.
With 376 days to go.

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To sleep, perchance to. . . .

Belsomra
From a TV commercial for prescription sleeping pills:
“Walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. Abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, confusion, agitation or hallucinations. The temporary inability to move while falling asleep or waking up has also been reported. . . .”
Another  warning:
Knowing  the side effects may cause sleeplessness.

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