It is Obvious

Chris Rick has got altogether too much to say

To boldy go…innit

Posted by chrisrick13 on October 3, 2014

It is obvious: I mean what I say

“‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c'” does not have the same impact when it is more correctly stated as: “‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ in nearly half of all occurrences”.

For years I railed over those upstart colonists using ‘z’ in words where we use ‘s’…until I discovered that the old English usage was a ‘z’ and they are closer to correctness than we might be.

Winston Churchill is famously misquoted as writing “…up with this I shall not put.”, to which I have now added to that long list.  He was annoyed at some editorial interference in his writings, when none was needed, concerned with the placing of prepositions.  (Whatever one of those is.)

Language changes and if enough people adopt the new bits, no matter how incorrect they might be in some grammatical sense, then that is that.  Dinosaurs die out.

What matters to me is that people understand the same thing by the words.  This is my argument about jargon as well.  As long as the people receiving your words understand the same thing as you when you created them then it really does not matter.

One of the ‘errors’ that I see that stands out of every page and screams at me is the split infinitive.  I write them all the time.  But a re-read and I spot them and remove them.  Ugly beasts.  The problem is that I have just discovered that there is nothing wrong with a split infinitive!  Not wild monsters to be captured and shot but cuddly things more suited to a children’s petting corner.

Being right in what you write is something you need to really work hard at.  To finally say “this is right” about something you have written is not easy.

There, that didn’t hurt a bit.

It is obvious: I mean what I say which still gives you little chance of knowing what I mean.


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