QT Rules of Etiquette for Guys and Dolls

christmas-season

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!

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

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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.

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The shining locker-room upon a hill

predator
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.

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Sheets happen

top-adviser

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?

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QT Early Warning System

irony-outbreak

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.

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