Author Archives: Zay Smith

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item:
“. . . has reached crisis proportions. . . .”
News Item: “. . . has reached epidemic proportions. . . .”
News Item: “. . . a crisis of epidemic proportions. . . .”
News Item: “. . . an epidemic of crisis proportions. . . .”
This may take a while to sort out.
And can it be time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it isn’t “chip off the old block,” but “chip of the old block”?


The Party of Lincoln 2.0 in the news

News Headline: “Republicans are shocked! shocked!–to find racists in their party.”
News Headline: “Steve King fundraising off controversy surrounding white supremacy comments.”
Sheets happen.

This just in. . . .

News Headline:
New insights into what the Neolithic people ate in southeastern Europe.”
Some of them swore by the paleo diet.

Russian assets in the news

News Headline: “Take the Trump-Russia quiz.”
Pencils up.
1. What did he know?
2. And when did he know it?
Pencils down.

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “Woman can’t hear men when they talk because of rare medical condition.”
That’s her story, and she’s sticking to it.”

Second Amendment solutions in the news

News Headline: “A look back at the deadliest mass shootings in 2018.”
News Headline: “Virginia mother charged after 1 child shoots another.”
Can it be only two days until National Gun Appreciation Day?

Civilization as we know it in the news

News Headline: “Trump’s probably not going anywhere. Get over it.”
News Headline: Magma under Yellowstone supervolcano ‘rising.’ ”
Finally, a solution.


While we gaze at tweets

News Headline: “Antarctic ice melting 6 times faster than in the ’80s.”
For those interested in the most important news story this week that no one is paying attention to.

In other news. . . .

News Headline:
“Here are the ways nature could wipe out humanity.”
Sometimes a headline writer just runs out of patience.

Fox & friends

News Headline: “Sean Hannity: Is the Fox News star overpaid or underpaid?”
Depends on the going rate for a soul these days.
And has it really been 4,458 days since Hannity promised he would undergo waterboarding to prove it isn’t torture?
Not that anyone is counting.