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And another thing. . . .

Sleep System
Advertisement: “Select Comfort Sleep System. . . .”
Advertisement: “Dream Supreme Sleep System. . . .”
Michael Krajewski, an Oak Lawn, Ill., reader, wants to know when did beds become sleep systems, and when can we have beds back?
News Headline: “Did an entire region of the U.S. just disincentivize renewables?”
And T.S., a Washington D.C. reader, wants to know when did  “discourage” become “disincentivize,” and when can we have “discourage” back?
And. . . .

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QT Exploding Cell Phone Worldwide Pinpoint Locator

Cell Phone
6:30 a.m. Saturday, September 3, at 30 Argyle St. in Winthrop, Mass.

The Making of the President 2016nado!

Empty Church
News Headline: “Donald Trump is playing the religious right for rubes.”
News Headline: “Trump addresses half-empty black church in Detroit.”  
Some rubes are smarter than others.

QT trickle-on economics update

Labor Day

News Headline: “Labor Day 2016: What you need to know.”
This is what you need to know:
CEOs were paid about 20 times a much as the average worker in 1965.
CEOs were paid about 275 times as much in 2015.
Happy Labor Day!

September song

Autumn


News Headline:
“Notre Dame football players enter not-guilty pleas.”
News Headline: “Indiana dove huner accidentally shoots himself in the foot.”
Everywhere you look, signs of autumn.

Have it your way

Burger King

News Headline: “Artist who nailed scrotum to Red Square gets menu tribute at
Burger King .”
The limited-edition offering at the St. Petersburg Burger King will be an egg nailed to a burger with a plastic stick.
QT is still trying to find the Russian for: “You want fries with that?”

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Grammar Seminar
News Headline: “Chicago has recorded more murders so far this year than NYC and LA combined, data shows.”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Shouldn’t it be ‘data show’?”
Yes.
Data are, data are, data are.
Media are, media are, media are.
Criteria are, criteria are, criteria are.
Which isn’t to mention phenomena are, phenomena are, phenomena are.
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that something is never “different than” something else, but always “different from” it?
Evidently.

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A new leaf

Weed
News Headline: “Ten million more Americans smoke marijuana now than
12 years ago: study.”

Give or take.
It’s getting harder and harder for the United States to keep track with all these
numbers floating around.

In other news. . . .

Central Valley
News Headline: “700 trillion gallons of water found deep below California’s Central Valley.”
But scientists warn it may be years before we develop the technology to pollute it.

As fact-checking becomes whack-a-mole. . . .

Wall Ladder
News Headline: “Mexican president says he told Trump Mexico would not pay for a wall.”
News Headline: “Trump on Mexico meeting: Payment for the wall was not discussed.”
Maybe it depends upon what the meaning of the word “was” was.