From Poor QT’s Almanack

The philosopher Charles de Montesquieu, who wrote, “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy,” was born 328 years and two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“I just ran across another instance of ‘underwhelming.’ Would it be worthwhile telling people that ‘overwhelm’ means overturn, upset or overthrow, and there is really no basis for using ‘under’ as a counterpart to ‘over’ in that sense?”
QT will go one better.
It will tell people they can feel free to use “whelm” instead of “overwhelm.”
You could look it up.
And it it time for QT’s triennial reminder that “inflammable” is more flammable than “flammable”?
Not quite.
But almost.


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QT Early Warning System

News Headline: “Trump adviser: Meryl Streep is ‘inciting people’s worst instincts.’ ”
News Headline: “Trump fires back: John Lewis is ‘all talk.’ ”
The nation’s current irony outbreak has been localized at Trump Tower in New York City for more than a week.
But Washington D.C. is advised to be on alert in three days.

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