QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “. . . the importance of the losses can’t be understated. . . .”
News Headline: “. . . revolutionized the world in ways that can’t be understated. . . .”
Something that can’t be overstated: how often the word “understated” is mistakenly used.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that when referring to an introductory text, “primer” should rhyme with “glimmer”?
Evidently.

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QT Summer Travel Advisory


News Headline:
“10 best U.S. beaches for 2019.”
And time for QT’s summer reminder that with each barefoot step you take on beach sand, you are stepping on hundreds and sometimes thousands of extremely tiny creatures, many with snapping jaws, spiked appendages and spidery hairs.
They are called meiofauna.
You can’t see them.
But they are there.
Just be careful not to think about them.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline:  “Burke indicted on raft of charges.”
News Headline:  “Burke charged with racketeering in sweeping indictment.”
Never forget the broom.
Have to keep the raft swept.
News Item: “NASA has awarded $253.5 million, split between three companies, to develop robotic landers that will. . . .”
And Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, wonders if it time for QT’s triennial reminder that it is “between” for two and “among” for three or more?
Evidently.

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