Monday, April 05, 2004


So who should I smite first?

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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As I pointed out on Jack's site, just because I understand the rules of "proper" grammar doesn't necessarily mean I think they should always be obeyed. Think of the opening of Star Trek (waggishly referenced in this quiz): To seek out new civilizations, to boldly go etc etc. Would it sound as cool if it was "to go, boldly where no one...?" No, it would just sound awkward.

You also get told a lot not to "verb" nouns. But think about a sentence like "Bull Heinman Gary Coopered up to the jail cell." You now know the exact manner in which Bull Heinman approached. Much simpler and more elegant than "Bull Heinman stepped up to the jail cell, swaggering like Gary Cooper playing a tough-guy in an old western."

And, let's face it, people who use "whom" are just being pedantic.

Copyright 2004 Rich Bowen

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