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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

From the campaign pledge of an Ohio judicial candidate:
“As a judge and public servant, I will uphold the duty to execute the tenants of the judicial system.”
Did he just  say he planned to kill all the jail inmates?


GovernMania MMXVII

News Headline: “Incoming EPA adviser thinks our air is too clean.”
News Headline: “Rick Perry suggests fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault.”
President Trump may be out of the country.
But our government remains in sure hands.

Greetings and facilitations from the National Rifle Association

News Headline: “Will Las Vegas become just another mass shooting we forget?”
Already has.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re busy forgetting Texas.
Probably take a couple of weeks.

The Strange Case of the Mispronunciation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (cont’d)

Ron Barth Jr., a Las Vegas reader, regarding QT’s noting that Dr. Jekyll’s name is pronounced JEE-kull and, also, that “err” rhymes with “fur” and “dour” rhymes with “your,” writes:
“And how would you pronounce ‘patina’?”
Good question.
Let’s try it this way:
“Patina” rhymes with “sat in a.”
Which reminds QT:
+ The plural of  “chaise longue” is “chaises longues.”
+ The plural of “alma mater” is “almae matres.”
Which should hold us for the weekend, as we prepare to turn back our clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time.
Not Daylight Savings Time.

WRITE TO QT:      

A republic, if you can keep it

Four in 10 Americans believe the First Amendment is a racist because it protects the right of racists to speak.

The Strange Case of the Mispronunciation of Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde (cont’d)


Ronald Bruce Meyer, a Baltimore reader, regarding QT’s noting that the first syllable in Dr. Jekyll’s name rhymes with “bleak,” writes:
“How do we know your pronunciation of Jekyll is correct?”
Glad you asked that.
“Jekyll” is a Scottish name, commonly pronounced JEE-kull–not JEH-kull.
The Rev. Walter Jekyll was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Stevenson borrowed the name for his novella.
Both pronounced it JEE-kull.
You’ll find this pronunciation in the 1931 movie “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring Frederic March
Which was about when everyone started to mispronounce it.
And while we’re at it, can it be time for fa QT reminder that “flaccid” is pronounced FLAK-sid?
And “vagaries” is pronounced vuh-GAIR-eez?
And “err” rhymes with “fur”?
And “dour” rhymes with “your”?
And “sheik” rhymes with “cake”?


QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Yellowstone monthly earthquake counts so far this year have gone from 53 to 48 to 63 to 51 to 94 to 1,171 to 528 to 1,029 to 115 to 111.
The trend is apparent.