Making Churchill great again


News Headline:
“CNN’s Jeffrey Lord suggests Trump’s tweets to London mayor
are Churchillian.”
We can wonder what Winston Churchill might have thought of Donald Trump.
Or we can recall a few words Churchill once spoke in the House of Commons:
“He is one of those orators of whom it was well said: ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.’ ”
Or these words would have fit into a tweet:
“We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought.”
Now we can wonder what Churchill might have thought of Twitter.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “Local chef teaches Cook County jail inmates to cook healthy food.”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“I think they meant ‘healthful.’ ”
Yes.
Healthful food makes for healthy people.
And as long as we are at food and cooking usage, is it time a reminder that a pinch is smaller than a dash?
And a smidgen is smaller than a pinch?
And there is no “x” in “espresso’?
And “crepe” rhymes with “prep”?
And. . . .

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