Author Archives: Zay Smith

Modern education + the criminal mind =

A New Zealand woman called the police to report that a drug dealer had refused to give her the drugs she paid for, police said.

A majority of the American electorate and other special victims in the news

News Headline: ‘Law and Order: SVU’ delays Donald Trump-inspired episode.”
The episode finally appeared this week.
It is about a loud billionaire who treats women like playthings. boasts crudely about sexual conquests and [SPOILER ALERT] is charged and convicted in an alleged sexual assault.
This character is not to be confused with any loud billionaire in real life who treats women like playthings. boasts crudely about sexual conquests and [SPOILER ALERT] has yet to be charged or convicted in a number of alleged sexual assaults.
The two are entirely different.

InaugurateMania MMXVII in the news


News Headline: “Trump: ‘I don’t like to lie.’ ”
News Headline: “Trump: ‘I don’t like tweeting.’ ”
No one ever said narcissistic personality disorder was easy.

From Poor QT’s Almanack


The philosopher Charles de Montesquieu, who wrote, “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy,” was born 328 years and two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States.

Civilization as we know it in the news


News Item: The U.S. dropped an average of 72 bombs every day–the equivalent of three an hour–in 2016. . . .”
For those keeping track of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

The Party of Lincoln 2.0, which seeks to fool enough of the people enough of the time, in the news


News Headline: “Trump to be sworn in using Bible Abraham Lincoln used.”
Keeping in mind that there are desecrations other than burning the flag.

From the QT news ticker


News Item: “. . . would usher in a new era. . . .”
News Item: “. . . will usher in a new era. . . .”   
News Item: “. . . helped usher in a new era. . . .”
The trouble with eras is they always have trouble finding their seats.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“I just ran across another instance of ‘underwhelming.’ Would it be worthwhile telling people that ‘overwhelm’ means overturn, upset or overthrow, and there is really no basis for using ‘under’ as a counterpart to ‘over’ in that sense?”
QT will go one better.
It will tell people they can feel free to use “whelm” instead of “overwhelm.”
You could look it up.
And it it time for QT’s triennial reminder that “inflammable” is more flammable than “flammable”?
Not quite.
But almost.

WRITE TO QT:  zaysmith.com

QT Early Warning System


News Headline: “Trump adviser: Meryl Streep is ‘inciting people’s worst instincts.’ ”
News Headline: “Trump fires back: John Lewis is ‘all talk.’ ”
The nation’s current irony outbreak has been localized at Trump Tower in New York City for more than a week.
But Washington D.C. is advised to be on alert in three days.

This just in. . . .


News Headline: “Ringling Bros. Circus closing after 146 years.”
But what will we do for our clowns?
News Headline: “GOP launches long-promised repeal of Obamacare with no plan to replace it.”
Asked and answered.