QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Trump and Friend

T.D., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Just how should we pronounce ‘bestiality’?”
The first syllable rhymes with  BEST, not BEEST.
Why do you ask?
And is this a good time for a reminder that  “err” rhymes with “fur”?
And “dour” rhymes with “your”?
And “sheik” rhymes with “cake”?
Remembering all these pronunciations is not everyone’s forte.
Which rhymes with “sort.”

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This just in. . . .

NZ Tourist
A New Zealand man petitioning to require special tests and license plates for tourists who drive there:
Over the last five years there have been 13.6 fatalities involving overseas drivers. . . .”
Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like six-tenths of  fatality?

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And another thing. . . .

Fake Bomb
News Headline: “Suspect explosive device at Manchester United stadium ‘not viable.’ “  
When did “fake” become “not viable,” and when can we have fakes back?
News Headline:  “MPD involved in chase with mental consumer.”
And R.F., a Chicago reader, wants to know when “mental patient” became “mental consumer,” and when can we have mental patients back?
And. . . .

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