Word Rebel

It seems like forever since I’ve given an update, but in reality it’s ony been a week or so.  Heck, I don’t even know what today’s date is.  I’ve been so submersed in writing I’ve barely had time to come up for air.

Yesterday I was emailing back and forth with my sister, Lauri, about this awesome little island I’ve decided we all simply have to move to.  I wrote 4 articles for this brilliant Caribbean gem and found the coolest beachfront bar for sale.  I can just imagine going to work barefoot and wearing a cute little sun dress.  (As a creative writer, you know I can clearly see it all in my mind’s eye.)

Anyway, back to my conversation with Lauri.  I was in the midst of writing about an unsolved mystery and MS Word decided to put a squiggly green line beneath three words.  This is the back and forth between my sister and I:

Me:  Here’s the cool article I wrote on Roatan Island real estate.

Lauri:  I’m sold!  Where do I sign?  🙂  Nice work!

Me:  🙂  I’m ready to go–even if I have to fish for my supper and live in a grass hut!  LOL  This island rarely gets any hurricane activity (ignore the gargantuan hurricane currently bearing down on Honduras) and is far removed from political strife.  It almost sounds too good to be true.

Lauri:  And I really like fish!  I’ve seen this island on International House Hunters, but didn’t pay close attention.  Just about any island will work for me, except for Haiti…

Me:  Or Cuba. (o_0)  At least we have a destination in mind if we need to get out of Dodge asap.  Do you ever watch Man Woman Wild?  I love that show!  I’m sure I could survive anywhere with a machete and a pair of shoe strings!  LOL

What the heck is a split infinitive? (rhetorical question–I’ll figure it out)  Stupid Word underlined “to quickly learn.”

Lauri:  Adverb goes after the verb… I think.  Not sure it’s called a verb, though.  Should be, to learn quickly, again, I think. ; )  Where were we when grammar was being taught?

Me:  Ah ha…but I prefer to split my infinitives then.  I want to quickly learn something, not learn quickly.  That just feels wrong.  I’ve always been a word rebel.  You know, all grammar lessons were made up by someone.  What the heck did they know?  LOL

Lauri:  Hmm.  Yes, English is rather stupid.  I, too, prefer the split infinitive.  A word rebel!  Never thought of this before.  Yeah, like who thought up the verb tenses?  One dude or a committee?

I think it was the only dude who had a sharp enough chisel to inscribe it in stone.  No one had an eraser to correct him.

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller, October 06, 2011

And, btw, “sneaked” just sounds wrong.

Okay, enough messing around.  Back to work. 😉


6 thoughts on “Word Rebel

    • But I AM a Trekkie! “To boldly go…” completely slipped my mind. Whenever Mom and I have a bad cell phone connection, invariably one of us says, “She’s breaking up, she’s breaking up! I don’t know how much longer we can hold on, Captain! We need more dythium crystals!” 😉


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