News Headline: “As Americans look north to flee Donald Trump, Canada peers back
Lest we forget that the United States is Canada’s Mexico.
Bill Scott, an East Northport, N.Y., reader, writes:
“You recently quoted a news item referring to ‘the amount of jobs created via small business.’
You didn’t point out the mistake of writing ‘the amount’ when it should have been ‘the number.’ ”
You are correct.
We should use “number” for what can be counted and “amount” for what can’t.
And is it almost time for QT”s biennial reminder that we should use “fewer”for what can be counted and “less” for what can’t–no matter what most grocery checkouts say?
WRITE TO QT: firstname.lastname@example.org
News Headline: “Trump’s Twitter addiction could reshape presidency.”
Precautions are called for.
Note to the 114th Congress:
Please avoid passing any new laws with texts longer than 140 characters.
A president has to understand what he is signing.
News Headline: “8 in 10 Americans say the country is more divided then ever.”
We take our unity where we can find it.
The top 0.1 percent of Americans now hold as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.