QT police blotter update

Sausages
+ Michael Krajewski, an Oak Lawn, Ill., reader,  regarding another reader’s comment that a reported sausage theft might have organized-crime links, writes:
“Police smoked out the suspects–then grilled them for information.”
+ Kevin Smith, an East Dundee, Ill., reader, writes:
“Sounds as if the investigation is grinding to a halt.”
+ J.T., a Key West, Fla., reader, writes:
“It was the wurst of times. . . .”
Stop it.
Stop it now.
And genoa QT means it.

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QT police blotter update

Link Sausages

+ L.S., a Chicago reader, regarding another reader’s comment that a reported sausage theft might have organized-crime links, writes:
“The thieves were seen casing the area.”
+ John Pellegrini, a Grand Rapids, Mich., reader, writes:
“This was the work of immature brats.”
+ J.T., a Palm Springs, Calif., reader, writes:
“These were seasoned criminals.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Poster of Smokey the Bear w. Smokey hold
News Headline: “Only you can wish Smokey the Bear a happy birthday.”
Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes that it would be a fine birthday present if people stopped using a “the” in Smokey Bear’s name.
And can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that there is never a “the” in front of Magna Carta or hoi polloi?
And that there is always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi?
Not yet.
But almost.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Stationery Store
News Item:  “. . . The shop started as a stationary store and evolved into. . . .”
. . . into  a store that has started to move down the street, evidently.    
News Item: “. . . the soul of this imminent poet. . . .”
News Item: “. . . statement made by the imminent historian. . . .”
And fair warning to get out of their way.
And is it time for QT’s biennial reminder that pictures are hung and condemned prisoners are hanged?
Evidently.
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Computer
Jim Guilland, a Gold Bar, Wash., reader, regarding QT’s reminder that the first syllable of “gigabyte” is pronounced JIG, writes:
My older dictionary pronounces it with a ‘J.’  My newer one uses the hard ‘G.’ Looks like common usage might win out here.”
Probably.
But the U.S. Bureau of Standards will still disagree.
And did QT forget to mention that “GIF” is pronounced JIF?
This is according to the inventor of the Graphics Interchange Format.
And as far as sources jo, that’s as jood as it jets.
By Giminy.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Dungeon

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta) on the public reaction to the Orlando shootings:
I think the American people find it ridiculous that in response to an ISIS terror attack the Democrats go on high-dungeon that. . . .”
H.R., an Atlanta reader, writes that it isn’t “dungeon,” which is what Ted Cruz often rates being thrown into, but “dudgeon,” which is a state of anger.
And Rich Rzadski, a Chicago reader, asks if it is time for the annual reminder that it isn’t “heart-wrenching” and “gut-rending.” but “heart-rending” and “gut-wrenching.”
And K.R., a Baltimore readers, asks if it is time for the biennial reminder that things may comprise other things but not be comprised of them.
And. . . .

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