QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “Has the humorless media learned nothing?”
More to the point:
Have the grammarless media failed even to learn singulars and plurals?
Ane while we’re at it:
Data are, data are, data are.
Criteria are, criteria are, criteria are.
Which isn’t to mention phenomena are, phenomena are, phenomena are.
And is it time for QT’s biennial reminder that something is never “different than” something else, but always “different from” it?
Almost.
But not quite.

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Biding its time. . . .


News Item: “An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing. . . . must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belt band and stepped on the trigger. . . .”
How well do you know your dog?
How well, really?

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The shining torture chamber upon a hill


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Donald Trump on torture:
“You know, I have these guys–‘Torture doesn’t work!’ Believe me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question, What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding”
+ Gina Haspel when asked what she would do as CIA director if President Trump ordered the reinstatement of waterboarding:
“I do not believe the president would ask me to do that.”
This is known as enhanced evasion.
And so here we go.

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