Wednesday, March 25, 2009
When I write for my blog:
I dangle participles.
I end sentences with a preposition.
I screw up subordinate clauses.
I begin sentences with And or But.
I use too many dashes – (parentheses) and ellipses…
I split infinitives.
I make typos.
i lose the caps.
But (!) I am also quite capable of writing a grammatically correct sentence. (Or should that read, “I am also quite capable of writing a sentence that* is grammatically correct”?) However, there’s a certain sense of freedom and abandonment I experience when I write a blog post. There are no hard and fast rules. Or, at least, there’s no teacher or editor standing over me brandishing a ruler. My knuckles are safe.
Ain’t blogging grand?
Do I think blogging, MSN, text messaging, Twitter (or whatever…) will ultimately be responsible for the demise of the English language and proper grammar usage? Nope. Not as long as people continue to read books. Best teacher ever…
Owning The Elements of Style (Strunk and White) also helps.
* Should I have used "that" or "which"? Check with The Elements of Style.