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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item:
“. . . a more granular understanding of. . . .”
News Item: “. . . a more granular look at. . . .”
S.A., a Phoenix reader, wants to know when “detailed” became “granular,” and when can we have “detailed” back?
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that to say “from whence” is to say “from from where”?
Evidently.

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QT news you can use


QT sunspot and solar wind update:
13 and 968,400 mph.

GovernMania MMXVIII


News Headline: “State of the  Union: Trump celebrates economy.”
News Headline:Trump stock market performance eclipsed by Obama and Bush.”
News Headline: “Job growth slows to a six-year low in Trump’s first year.”
News Headline: “Europe’s economy grew faster than the U.S. economy last year.”
Party!

A republic, if you can keep it


News Headline: “Obesity’s impact on health-care costs varies by state.”
News Headline: “Three-quarters of Americans started drinking alcohol before age 21.”
News Headline: “Millions of Americans believe God made Trump president.”
Fat. drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, nation.

. . . born every minute


News Headline:
“The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility.”
No findings yet on Trump supporters, according to scientists.

As we await the State of the Союз


News Headline: “Trump’s last speech to Congress was remarkably unremarkable.”
Easy to guess why.
Probably better in the original Russian.

In other news. . . .


News Headline: “Driver says Jesus told him to let go of the wheel before he crashed, flipped five times.”
Sometimes Jesus gets a little bored.

The halls of ivy in the news


News Headline: “Yale introduces class on ‘happiness.’ ”
The fun with students of happiness is in flunking some of them.

QT trickle-on economics update


K
imberly-Clark is using its corporate tax cut to fund restructuring that will include closing 10 factories and laying off 5,000 workers.

The sound of silence


News Headline:
“Trump reportedly wanted to fire Mueller; D.C. dumbstruck.”
So there is an upside to Donald Trump.
How often have we wished Washington D.C. could be struck dumb?