QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item: “. . . called ‘a heart-wrenching opera. . .  eloquent and moving’ by the Seattle Times. . . .”
Rich Rzadski, a Chicago reader reminds us that even in the grand world of opera, it is heart-rending, not heart-wrenching.
And gut wrenching, not gut-rending.
News Headline: “5 bystanders waiting for bus wounded in New Orleans police shootout.”
And how a bus managed to be wounded in a shootout, we may never know.

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