QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

J.T., a Chicago reader, regarding a news item that American Airlines had offered vacation to too many pilots and was now offering them “150 percent of their hourly wage to cover the impacted  flights,” writes:
“Does ‘impacted’ imply a collision is involved?”
Yes. Any moment now.
And it gives QT an opportunity to mention that “impact” should never, ever be used as a verb.
Well. Except when you are happily impacted by QT’s e-book novel 60606, which has been called suspenseful and funny and can be purchased at  AT THIS HANDY LOCATION–choose your own price for the perfect Christmas gift.
Except for that.  

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This just in. . . .

News Item: “. . . Trump’s visit to the state follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to make way for development. . . .”
When you see the word “development” in reporting about the Trump administration, substitute the word “looting.”
It gives a better sense of the story.

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