Figured, should write something…been a while.
First thought was to bemoan the fate of the pronoun…as in preceding two sentences, inclusive.
What happened to poor “I” and “My”?
Not good enough to make the cut?
Now I have to add “They’re” to the mix as well.
Some sort of time saving device?
“Its”…join the club.
Don’t have time to waste on useless pronouns.
“They”…“Those” or “Our”.
Hmmmm….that’s an idea. Maybe create a game where folks accumulate 10 points for every pronoun they manage to avoid in a sentence.
Just “New English”, probably.
Really racking up points, now.
Could even throw articles in. Articles are small, though; so only 5 points, per.
Pretty generous for something, no more than 3 letters, max.
Course, sitting here, thinking, now, points will be subtracted for other heinously grammatical abuses…like dangling participles.
Or misuse of “like”…like.
Kind of odd, those points sitting here thinking, in the first place…I mean, when you think about it.
Being inclined to avoiding confusion, the Pandora box of participles, dangling or otherwise, not to mention, troubled, as it were, but none the less, well-meaning, misplaced modifiers, are better left not messed with, by any such as me.
You know, what I’m talking about?
However, ending sentences in prepositions, educated as they may be, might or might not be considered as much of no no, by scholars, of which there are many of.
Don’t know…better get out while I can.
There’s only so much Googling can deal with.
Hmmmm…wonder how many points allotted for nouns turned into verbs?
Sorry…allergies kicking in, now.
Anyway…really should get going.
Friend is excitedly shopping for adverbs, of which you can never have too many of, and I said I would happily go with….
* Thanks to blog pal Colleen Walsh Fong's recent Grammatical Gambols on her CopyWrites site for the inspiration. And if you're looking to polish up your business writing skills, check out her new book "Write to Grow: Build Your Business, Get More Clients, Make More Money " now available at Amazon.