Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Run-On and On and On...

I've stumbled across some new blogs lately, and a few mentioned their dislike for bad grammar. *gasp* I immediately hoped they never stumble across my blog! Now I have a new complex. My grammar is very bad...I am fully aware of it. I am particularly prone to using run-on sentences. Actually, more like excessively prone to using them. The title of my blog should probably have been My Life as a Run-On Sentence.

I decided to look up the definition of a run-on sentence: a sentence containing two or more clauses not connected by the correct conjunction or punctuation. OR blah blah blah, blah blah blah :)

Here is my justification for bad sentences: I want my "voice" to be heard in my writing, I want it to sound like me. For those of you who know me, in real life, you know that when I talk, it's ONE BIG run-on sentence. So...in order for me to keep it real, I am forced to continually commit to using run-on's. It is for your benefit...really.

For those who can fully appreciate and appropriately use the English language, God bless you...for the rest of you, who can no longer remember (or care) about clauses and conjunctions, write on sister...write on :)

13 comments:

  1. Haha, I can so relate! I think the only thing that bugs me is when apostrophes are used to show "more than one." Like if there was a sign that said "Banana's $.49/lb" See that apostrophe? Doesn't go there.

    I can read run-on sentences no problem, but I just seem to notice those apostrophes.

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  2. Hmmm...I am particularly sensitive to--though not too critical of--incorrect grammar. My jobs have often called on me to edit, and so it it lives in my bones. But truthfully, I don't ever remember reading your blog and thinking, "Ugh! Missed that, didn't she?" ;-) You DO write like you're speaking, and that is perfectly OK! I happen to like the feel of your blogs very much, and don't think you need to change a thing.

    Now, if you start doing the Southernese Double Modal (might ought to, may can, may might, etc.), we might have to talk. In the meantime, no need to add new complexes to your life. Don't we come prestocked with enough? LOL!

    Smiles,
    -J

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  3. I have a different kind of writing problem- short sentences. And lots of hyphens. I blame it on the lack of brain cells due to bearing children. I speak and write in fragments. Because the noise and interruptions make it impossible to PROCESS what's in my head in a remotely intelligent way. So I'm with you on the keeping it real!

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  4. Your blog is a wonderful reflection of you! No complaints here. (other than the conviction to get my rear in gear on our "Seeking Him" study! I really need to find someone else to give my book away to!)

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  5. That is so hysterical that I think I will use a run-on sentence to celebrate you and by the way I can completely hear you saying all of that too just to let you know.

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  6. Wow, you mean there are people out there grading my blog grammar - yikes! I like your outlook; and your writing - Smiles!

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  7. Who cares what "they" say? They don't have to read your blog or mine for that matter if it bothers them so much. I tend to have the same problem that you have. This isn't high school English class. It's a blog. Let's be real rebels and start misspelling (I don't even know if that's the right way to spell that word) words, not capitalize letters, or use punctuation.

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  8. I have serious coma problems. I want my blog to look professional and be well written but when I started to try to make it perfect, I hardly ever posted! I love your blog and feel very comfy here.

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  9. I am in love with run-on sentences. Write on...

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  10. OK, I'm a former English major, and can I just say, you write just fine, thank you very much! Before I had my blog re-designed, I had a quote in my header that said, "The best writing advice I've ever heard: Don't write like you went to college." (Alice Kahn) Blogs should be written just like you're speaking, I think. I cannot stand Christian blogs that are full of Christianese and sermons, unless that's the purpose for the blog (sermon writing?). Also, I think "My Life as a Run-On Sentence" would be a great name for a blog!

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