QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

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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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Breaking news. . . .

Bank Robbery

+ S.W., a Downers Grove, Ill., reader, regarding a California man who approached a bank teller, produced a note demanding cash and was told no, at which point he turned around and left the bank, writes:
“It appears you can add bank robbers to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.”
+ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign:
“I’d like to see a more studious approach.”
But understatement is alive and well.

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The medium is the message

Donald Trump 1

News Headline: “Artist reimagines Donald Trump as a liberal, tattooed hipster.”
But no artist yet has surpassed Pricasso.
It was six months ago that QT commissioned a painting of Trump by Tim Patch, better known as Pricasso, the Australian artist who paints with his penis.
The painting is displayed again here.
Or as Pricasso wrote to QT after completing the work:
“It was difficult in the hotel room. Now I have to wash the carpet a bit.”
QT likes to consider the artwork from time to time, keeping in mind:
When Donald Trump is done, we’ll have to wash the national carpet a bit.

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