QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline:
“White House clears up confusion on Rosenstein’s reported ‘verbal resignation.’ ”
No. Oral.
A verbal resignation can be spoken or on paper.
The only requirement is that it contain words.
News Headline:“Is possession nine-tenths of the law?”
J.B, a Chicago reader, writes:
“I keep waiting for your annual reminder that possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law, but nine points of the law.”
You’ve been waiting too long.
It’st time for the biennial reminder.
News Headline: “The stars shined brightly in Monday night win.”
Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
“I think ‘shone’ is correct. But I leave this at your shined shoes.”
“Shined” if there is an object, “shone” if there is not.
QT shined your shoes. Your shoes shone.
Now where’s QT’s five bucks?

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The gift of laughter

News Headline:
“U.N. members laugh at Donald Trump after claim his administration has ‘accomplished more than almost any in U.S. history.’ ”
That’s nothing.
Have you heard the one about the president who said that he was responsible for the strongest economy in U.S. history?
Or that his election campaign was the greatest movement in U.S history?

Or that–
That’s enough.
Laughing too hard.
We Americans got a million of ’em.
Sad to say.

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