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QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

donald-trump
News Headline: “Donald Trump, unshackled and unhinged.”
News Headline: “How the universe could annihilate itself at the speed of light.”
Which is one possible solution.

The Party of Lincoln 2.0, which seeks to fool enough of the people enough of the time, in the news

donald-trump
News Headline: “Trump’s Gettysburg address outlines his first 100 days.”
One thing taken with another, the world will little note nor long remember what he said there.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

isabella-ii
Today’s Birthdays: Isabella II, 186;  Adlai III, 86.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

grammar

News Item: “. . .  It’s not about towing the line–it’s about doing what’s right. . . .”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, notes that what’s right is to toe the line, not tow the line.
And can it be time for QT’s quintennial reminder that “momentarily” doesn’t refer to an event that will happen in a moment, but to an event that will last for a moment?
Evidently.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Grammar Seminar
News Headline: “Chicago has recorded more murders so far this year than NYC and LA combined, data shows.”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Shouldn’t it be ‘data show’?”
Yes.
Data are, data are, data are.
Media are, media are, media are.
Criteria are, criteria are, criteria are.
Which isn’t to mention phenomena are, phenomena are, phenomena are.
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that something is never “different than” something else, but always “different from” it?
Evidently.

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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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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

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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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Claudius
Today’s Birthdays: Claudius, 2,026;  Coolio, 53.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Thomas Bowdler
Today’s Birthdays: Thomas Bowdler, 261;  J-hn Q–ncy -d-ms, 249; E. B. Wh-t-, 117.

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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