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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.