Oh, no, there's been a spat of violence!
(From the Words Nobody Knows and the "Accidental Almost Right" departments.)
Okay, all you pendantic duckweeds out there, from Think Progress Justice we have this gem, from the teaser from an article titled "More Than 40 People Shot In Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend, Including A 4-Year-Old Girl":
At least nine people were dead after a of gun violence beginning Friday.
Ummm...yes, I guess you could call it a "spat." That's not what I'd call it in this usage, but then I guess you don't know about the word "spate", huh?
"Spat"? Isn't gun violence in Chicago more like a constant loud background hum?