QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline: “. . . Gowdy has continuously said he does not want the process turned into a political circus. . . .”
Katherine Rylaarsdam, a Baltimore reader, writes:
“Is it time for a reminder that ‘continuously’ means without a break, and it is ‘continually’ that refers to a frequent reoccurrence of isolated phenomena?”
And your reminder of words frequently mixed up reminds QT that a speeding car does not careen through an intersection but careers through it.
And don’t get QT started about people who say “antimony” when they mean “antinomy.”

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Sheets happen

News Item: “The Ku Klux Klan has been leaving pamphlets next to mailboxes and on driveways. . . .”
Always worth noting.
It isn’t every day we see trash spreading litter.

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QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update


The number of earthquakes in Yellowstone more than doubled in August to 207, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
But scientists issued a reassurance that this was “normal.”
And anyone who is worried about it is the same kind of person who would worry about, say, Asteroid 2014 RA.
Which was discovered today, two days after it passed closer to Earth than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
Talk about worrywarts.

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The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

University of Oregon
A female student at the University of Oregon shouted a joke from a dorm window.
The joke was shouted toward a male student and a female student walking together nearby.
The joke: “I hit it first!”
A resident assistant pointed out that the joke was a little coarse.
The student apologized to the couple.
Four days later, the student received a “Notice of Allegation” from the university.
The notice listed five allegations including harassment and disruption.
There will now be a formal disciplinary hearing.

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QT Early Warning System

News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was in May.
It was then that Asteroids 2014 JR24 and 2014 JG55 were discovered as they passed between Earth and the moon.
Which brought us to June, when Asteroid 2014 MHS6 was discovered three days after it passed between Earth and the moon.
Which brought us to July, when Asteroid 2014 OP2 was discovered two days after it passed between Earth and the moon.
And this is the news:
No bus-sized killer asteroids this month.
Nothing on the way, either.
That we know of.

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