QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Half-Staff
News Headline: “Supreme Court flags fly at half-mast in honor of Justice Scalia.”
News Headline: “Antonin Scalia to lie in state.”
Justice Antonin Scalia admired the precise use of words.
So:
Flags on ships and boats fly at half-mast.
Flags on land fly at half-staff.
A body lies in state only in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Otherwise the body lies in repose.
And is it time for another QT reminder that possession isn’t “nine-tenths of the law,”
but “nine points of the law”?
And that that oral contracts are always verbal, but verbal contracts aren’t always oral?
It seems exactly time.

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