QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

The CIA’s Style Manual and Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications wants you to know:
+ ” ‘Data,’ ‘media,’ ‘criteria,’ ‘phenomena’ are plural and require plural verbs. . . . One never satisfies a criteria or observes a phenomena.”
+ “ ‘All right.’ Never ‘alright.’ ”
+ “ ‘Different from’ is correct; ‘different than’  is not.”
+ “ ‘Hanged’ is the past tense of hang when referring to an execution; ‘hung’ is the proper past tense in all other meanings.”
And keep in mind as you write:
You may be subject to enhanced editing.

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The shining massage parlor upon a hill


News Headline: “Two associates of ex-Trump national security adviser Flynn indicted on conspiracy charges.”
Note to editors:
It is not news when Donald Trump  associates are indicted.
It is not even news when associates of Donald Trump associates are indicted.
It is not even news when associates of Donald Trump ex-associates are indicted.
It is news when they aren’t.

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QT Bureau of Waits and Half-Measures


News Item: “. . .  Compared to a London double-decker bus, the asteroid could be up to 18 times longer. Even at the lower end of the scale, the colossal asteroid is still 30 times longer than a queen-size bed and nearly 17 times longer than a Volkswagen Beetle. . . .”
Or would hold 107,354,110,500 cans of soda.
Give or take.
If you are still trying to visualize it.

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