News Headline: “New Yorkers want more surveillance cameras.”
George Orwell’s 1984 is taught in many schools.
But not well.

An official at  the Ark Encounter  theme park in Kentucky explaining how Noah saved Earth’s millions of species when he brought relatively few examples aboard:
“If you start with a wolf, you can basically generate all of these dog-like kinds. . . .”
Right. Of course.
This is all we need to make the Bible work:

News Headline: “Paris Hilton tweets from Cannes.”
News Headline:
“Paris Hilton has wisdom teeth removed.”
It has now been 2,174 days since Paris Hilton announced she would be leaving public life.
But who’s counting?

News Headline: “Car on roof causes safety concern.”
News Headline: “School hires 4 security guards for final week of class.”
Happy Graduation!

QT What Passes for Miracles These Days Update:
An image of Jesus has been found on a dead stingray that washed up on Sullivan’s Island, S.C.

News Headline: “Tea Party pushes Georgia Power to embrace solar energy.”
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass
hysteria. . . .

QT Book of the Month Club:
Main Selection: Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Battle for the Soul of America by Roger Simon.
Amazon Kindle. $9.99.
The most perceptive (and entertaining) book on American politics since the last one he wrote.
Alternate Selection: No other books allowed until further notice.

We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
The movie “2012,” during which almost the entire population of the planet is killed by earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, is rated for “Mild Violence.”

News Headline: “Is Greek yogurt hurting the environment?”
When political correctness collides with political correctness. . . .

News Headline: “Police: Man falls asleep without pants in wrong house.”
There is probably an interesting story behind that.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
+ Robert Crystal, a Rochester, N.Y., reader, regarding the pronunciation by Illinoisans of local towns ranging from Cairo (KAY-roh) to Marseilles (mahr-SAYLS), writes:
“I hail from western New York, where we have towns including Charlotte (shar-LOT), Chili (CHEYE-leye), Ovid (OH-vid), Avon (EH-von) and Lima (LIE-ma). If we can’t pronounce our own town names, how can we pronounce furrin ones?”
And if you are looking for the Beauchamp Tower in London, as QT once was, make sure to ask for the BEE-chum Tower.
+ Manuel Sanchez, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Does QT attach any significance to the fact that the dictionary lists ‘age’ before ‘beauty,’ ‘death’ before ‘dishonor,’ ‘pearls’ before ‘swine’ and even ‘kneel’ before ‘zod’?”
But QT is relieved to note that “pride” doesn’t go before “destruction.”
And is it time for QT’s semiannual reminder that “dour” rhymes with “fewer”?

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