Friday, November 04, 2005

Other things I like

In case you were wondering:

shaved legs
warm blankets
the smell of a walk in the woods in October
Reese's peanut butter cups
astronomy
did I mention naps?
working at home
the organ toccata by Widor
faces of sleeping children

Lots to like about this world, and so much to look forward to. Yes, I think I did just split an infinitive and end a sentence with a preposition, but I've been reading lately about the archaic rules of the English language and have decided to drop any pretence of pedenticism in order to embrace my inner ee cummings. To heck with rules! They're for suckers!

Except at work, where they're important, and everyone should know all the rules of using hyphens and when to use a comma or semicolon and the difference between "affect" and "effect" and "its" and "it's," because at work it MATTERS. At work, people can mock you behind your back for poorly written e-mails, and your future success may depend on how well you manipulate the language to your aims and goals, so that's fine and dandy. And restrictive, and unimaginative, and causes much extra work, and makes me want to rebel against da rulz, and so I shall.

But only here. And in e-mails to friends. But I'll still use spell check (well, most of the time) and will probably try to avoid splitting my infinitives and shredding sentences into partials and mis-uing the venerated semicolon.

Wow, I have a lot of work to do on this rebel thang.

1 comment:

laurie said...

Hey, split those infinitives. Splice a comma. divorce a dependant clause from its momma. I do it every day and the grammar police have yet to seize my assets. :)

And I say... spell check is for wusses. Live on the edge. (Even though I often feel deeply ashamed of my typos) (I guess that makes me apologetically southern)