QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

QT Grammar
News Item: “. . . A revealing exercise is to spend an evening switching back and forth between FOX, CNN and MSNBC. . . .”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“ About ‘back and forth between’: Doesn’t pointing to three networks dictate that ‘among’ should be used?”
Yes.
“Between”  is  correct for the relation of two things.
“Among” is for three or more.
QT will not spend time going back and forth among minor exceptions.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it isn’t “catty-corner” or “kitty-corner,” but “cater-corner”?
Evidently.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Chicago SnowRich Rzadski, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Just heard a TV weatherperson tell all that ‘the snow continues to end.’ She didn’t say how anything can ‘continue to end.’ ”
QT could go on and on about that.
But QT is otherwise occupied.
National Grammar Day is tomorrow.
And does that mean it’s almost time for QT’s annual reminder that to say “from whence” is to say “from from where”?
Evidently.

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