It’s a small world, after all

News Headline: “Can Trump’s America deal with a global pandemic?”
Ronald Bruce Meyer, a Baltimorer reader, writes:
“Is ‘global pandemic’ redundant?”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
pandemic noun 1. the worldwide outbreak of a disease. 2. the occurrence of a disease that affects many people over a wide area. 3. so you can have it either way, depending on which texts you check. 4. but it is clear we are in a pandemic now. 5. and fear is a good teacher. 6. in fact, we’ve learned a lot. 4 including how easy it is to install something like martial law. 7. but that’s for another time. 8 one of these days.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the
English Language

News Headline: “You can put pickles up yourself.”
Editor John E.McIntyre  notes it is safer to write about the ability to “preserve” pickles yourself.
News Headline: “How Iran became a new epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, reminds that an epicenter can occur only in an earthquake.
And is it time for QT’s biennial reminder that cheerleaders don’t wave pompoms, but pompons?
Of course it is.

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