From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day in history 67 years ago, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Tommy Glaviano made errors on three consecutive grounders in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Brooklyn Dodgers a 9-8 victory, but at least he could tell himself it wasn’t something people would remember into the next century or anything.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item: “, , , On Wednesday, the semiannual ‘slow slip’ event began, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. . . .The event happens about every 14 months deep underneath the Puget Sound area. . . .”
Bill Scott, an East Northport, N.Y., reader, writes:
“When did ‘semiannual’  become ‘every 14 months,’ and when can we have ‘every six  months’ back?”
Or we could always try “quattuordecimonthly.”
Or maybe not.
And can it be time for QT’s semitriennial reminder that “flaccid” is pronounced FLAK-sid?
And that “vagaries” is pronounced vuh-GAIR-eez?
Evidently.

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A republic, if you can keep it


News Item:  “. . . 29  percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey last week, a new poll shows–while 38 percent disapprove.
Thirty-two percent of survey respondents said they ‘don’t know enough to say.’ ”
If the United States ever needs an epitaph, it could well be:
Didn’t Know Enough to Say.

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