I have a confession to make. From the earliest years I, when reading an example showing proper grammatical usage, has been caught in the subject.To show a semi-colon: ‘Janice has a bonnet; Jacque has a toque’ and I wonder how Janice keeps warm in weather where a toque is more appropriate. Semi-colon be damned, Janice is freezing her ears off.To show comma usage: “Fred has a jacket that is red, blue, green, and yellow,” and I wonder who in the hell dressed Fred. Betcha his socks were clocked in purple and mauve. Poor Fred. His mother obviously was color blind.“Marcie, once a flower girl at her sister’s wedding, never achieved bridal status,” is an example of parentheses but I, in reading this, feel sorry for Marcie and her lack of male companionship.I can give example after example yet each doesn’t teach so much the grammar involved as it is a fragment of someone’s life and how they’re coping.To me, then, each example is a Rorschach test. “Ah, zo yu identify mit zee yung lady in zee bonnet. Did your mudder not let yu wear eine hat?”I thought once I would grow out of this but I haven’t.Anyone else willing to admit this?MichaelR
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