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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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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