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?
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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.
News Headline: “Japan’s giant sinkhole is sinking again.”
News Headline: “6-meter sinkhole swallows Russian car.”
News Headline: “Sinkhole almost swallows a bus in London.”
To review the QT Theory of Holes in the Ground:
When Earth takes enough hits of pollution, it gets the munchies.
News Headline: “Gun store ad shows armed Santa.”
News Headline: “ ‘Dead Rising 4’ trailer offers bloody Christmas tease.”
Ho, Ho, Ho!
News Headline: “Donald Trump ignores daily intelligence briefings, relying on ‘a number of sources’ instead.”
News Headline: “ ‘Duck Dynasty’ ends after this season.”
And what will Trump do then?
News Headline: “Purveyor of fake news says he targeted Trump supporters,
News Headline: “Computers designed to mimic human brains.”
Something of a breakthrough: computers that are easy to confuse.
Asteroid 2016 WW2 was discovered on Thanksgiving, the day before it passed between Earth and the moon.
But rest easy.
Only two asteroids barely missed us during last year’s holidays.
News Headline: “Shootings spike over Chicago holiday weekend: 8 killed, 62 wounded.”
Happy Thanksgiving from the National Rifle Association!