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The national conversation in the news


News Headline: “Obama: Trump and I ‘could not be more different.’ ”
Uncharacteristic of the president to boast.

QT Rules of Etiquette for Guys and Dolls


News Headline: “Let the Christmas Season begin!”
No. Let’s not.
The season won’t be here until the day after Thanksgiving.
No Christmas decorations or commercials or store displays should happen anywhere before that.
The season will be here until 12 days after Christmas.
That is when the decorations come down.
Ho, Ho, Ho!

From the QT news ticker

News Headline:
 “Can one photo end a war?”
News Headline:  “Should second-graders have homework?”
News Headline: “Are Republicans dumb like liberals say they are?”
News Headline: “Time to write newspapers’ obituary?”
News Headline: “Is Donald Trump bad for your mental health?”
No, no, often enough, sadly, is he ever.
See how easy?

Taking back Florida

News Headline: “Trump wins Florida, a crucial victory.”
News Headline: “Flesh-eating screwworms return to Florida.”
News Headline: “Rare tropical bed bug re-emerges in Florida after 60 years.”
Sometimes life is fair.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


Dennis Allen, a Wilmette, Ill., reader, writes:
“I  remember somone like you or John Ciardi on NPR saying the common abbreviation ‘cc’ doesn’t mean ‘carbon copy,’ but is an abbreviation for a Latin term. That is to say, ‘cc’ was a notation for clerical purposes before carbon paper was ever invented. Can you shed any light on this?”
The common view is that “cc” started as “carbon copy” but has become “courtesy copy” now that carbon copies hardly exist anymore.
Others cite  the Latin word copia, which referred in medieval times to a copy of an official document.
The repeating of a Latin word’s first letter indicates the plural.
Hence: cc.
A reminder:
If you ever send a copy of a note to a Companion of the Order of Canada regarding the closed captioning of  a video explaining  bond ratings, including bonds rated lower than CCC but higher than C, you should mark the note ccCCccCC.
Just in case.


The shining locker-room upon a hill

J.C., an Atlanta reader, regarding a QT photo of Donald Trump greeting a woman in a sexually suggestive way, writes:
“Is that his wife? If not, the way he’s touching her is really inappropriate.”
Don’t worry.
It wasn’t his wife.
It was his daughter.


Sheets happen


News Headline: “KKK announces a Trump victory parade in North Carolina.”
News Headline: “KKK, American Nazi party praise Trump’s hiring of Steve Bannon.”
How many generations has it been since the lunatic fringe found real reason to celebrate?
Or do you have something against making people happy?

QT Early Warning System


News Headline: “Trump blames media conspiracy for women opposing him.”
News Headline: “Donald Trump blames microphone for performance at debate.”
News Headline: ‘Sometimes you just have to take a look in the mirror’: Trump campaign manager says Hillary Clinton should blame herself for loss.”
The nation’s current irony outbreak, which was heading into Texas, has now doubled back to New York City.
Where it is expected to stay a while.

QT news you can use

The Rapture Index, which measures the approach of the end of the world according to biblical prophecy, has moved to a record high of 189.

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “A beer a day helps prevent stroke and heart disease, study suggests.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!