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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


Ronald Bruce Meyer, a Baltimore reader, writes:
“So is tomorrow April Fools Day or April Fool’s Day or April Fools’ Day?”
April Fools’ Day, although the British dictionaries prefer April Fool’s Day.
And none as good All Fools’ Day.
But that was November 8.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it is one candelabrum–and two, three, four or more candelabra?

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QT Summer Travel Advisory


News Headline: “Arkansas defends its unprecedented bid to execute eight in 10 days.”
Note to tourists.
Arkansas, despite its primitive governance and population, offers many quaint and interesting folkways.

QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office


News Headline
: “Wrong-way asteroid plays ‘chicken’ with Jupiter.”
This isn’t to mention Asteroid 2017 FJ101, which was discovered yesterday and is passing between Earth and the moon today.
So we won’t mention it.

From the QT news ticker


News Headline:What now?”
Headline writers have their breaking points.
News Headline: “Spiders theoretically could eat every human on Earth in one year.”
But sometimes there are solutions.

Toward a big, beautiful stonewall–and guess who’s paying for it


White House press secretary Sean Spicer refusing to comment on evident White House mishandling of classified documents:
“We are not as obsessed with the process as much as the substance.”
Is he saying that the end justifies the means?
Of course he is.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update


News Headline:
“Trump again takes credit for jobs announcement made under Obama.”
True. President Trump takes up all the credit when he can.
But he can be generous.
Consider his handling of blame.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item
:
“. . . what’s coming down the pike. . . .”
News Item: “. . . what’s coming down the pipe. . . .”    
Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
“This is bothering me. Can you tell if Donald Trump’s problems are ‘coming down the pike’ or ‘coming down the pipe’?’
Both.
“Coming down the pike” has been coming down the pike for a couple of hundred years.
But “pipe” has been coming down the pipe more often lately.
And speaking of roads, not to mention intersections, is it time for QT’s annual reminder that it isn’t “catty-corner” or “kitty-corner,” but “cater-corner”?
Evidently.

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Frontiers of science


News Headline: “Scientists establish the first semen collection from saltwater crocodiles in Malaysia.”
Your day may not be going well, but at least you aren’t a Malaysian crocodile-semen collector.

The Party of Lincoln 2.0, which hopes to fool enough of the people enough of the time, in the news


News Headline: “After Trump health-care failure, Plan B suddenly more appealing for Republicans.”
Forget these days about Plan B.
It may be time for Plan 9 from Outer Space.

In other news. . . .


News Headline: “What to expect from Xi-Trump summit.”
Same as usual.
He said, Xi said.