Friday

Rules and Definitions



Do not use exclamations to show excitement.
Semicolons break up the flow.
Adverbs pave the road to hell.
Adjectives are too much tell.

Knowing this why do I defy
Because my inner voice is yelling
...

ex·cla·ma·tion point
punctuation for exclamation: a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation or interjection, and sometimes after a command

sem·i·co·lons
punctuation mark: a punctuation mark (;) used to separate parts of a sentence or list and indicate a pause longer than a comma but shorter than a period

ad·verb
modifier of verb or adjective: a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb, or a sentence, e.g. "happily," "very," or "frankly"

ad·jec·tive
word describing noun: a word that describes or qualifies a noun or pronoun

Get out from under them
Resist, unlearn, defy


I wonder why anyone bothered to invent these parts of speech. Maybe so students would have more to diagram in English class.

Okay, I do know the reasoning behind not overusing these things. Just in a snarky mood. Still mad at my internet connection (4 more weeks. Crap.), and now Tropical Storm Bonnie is keeping me locked up in a small space with two bored 8 year olds. Eek.

Lyrics: Brandon Boyd, Incubus. Out From Under

16 comments:

Aubrie said...

I do use them on occasion. :)

Mary McDonald said...

I use an occasional exclamation point in dialogue. I mean, sometimes we need them. Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where Elaine edited a book (that was her job) and added tons of exclamation points? It was hilarious.

Linda G. said...

No exclamation points? Get out! But they are are so very, extremely, superbly, expressively useful! ;)

KarenG said...

I think exclamation points, adjectives and adverbs are so freakin' awesome that we've all done them to death!! Which is why now the rules say Stop Already!

Donna Hosie said...

The English language is there to be used.

Just not abused is what I tell myself as I remove yet another ;

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I abuse exclamation marks when leaving comments on blogs!!!! :D

Olivia J. Herrell said...

No kidding. Rules can be general, right? There are times when modifiers juice things up nicely. Is that really so bad?

Nahh, not in my book. Now if it's every other word that's different. Snark away. :D

~that rebel, Olivia

Olivia J. Herrell said...

BTW, be safe from the storm! (See, we needed that little ball and bat.)

~that rebel, Olivia

Susan Fields said...

I do like my semi-colons! :)

I hope you weather the storm okay and the two bored 8 year olds don't drive you batty!

Lola Sharp said...

I too like a semicolon.

But I like how you used Incubus lyrics in this post, even more. :)

I miss you.

Love,
Lola

Jemi Fraser said...

I think I use so many exclamation points in my blogging because I sometimes feel deprived of them in my writing. I have 2 of them in my current ms (in dialogue), and I worry about there being too many :)

DL Hammons said...

I'm an equal opportunity abuser. I don't discriminate when I trash grammar! (notice that exclamation point).

:) Keep your head down as that storm passes by!

Roh Morgon said...

Rules are meant to be bent, even broken. How much progress does the human race owe to those who defied the rules? Most of it.

Creativity is spawned from desire to get around those rules. True creativity is when rule-breakers are lauded for their achievements!

So slip in those compelling adverbs, weave in the colorful adjectives - just use them wisely and perhaps the literary pendulum will slowly swing away from the spare style so popular today and back to a landscape of the writer's choosing.

Donna Hole said...

Eh, I learn the rules as I go. Someone is always telling me I can't write that way. No biggie; if I listened to everyone, I'd never write a single phrase for worry if its not correct by every standard.

......dhole

Sangu said...

Yep, know exactly how you feel. Yes, it's a bad idea to overuse them, but it's ridiculous to tell us not to use them at all. They're there for a reason and there are situations where they work better than anything else!

Angela M. said...

Rules were made to be broken on occasion. Some of the best writing I've seen breaks the rules. I guess you just have to have good judgment on when it fits to do it and when it isn't necessary to defy them.

BTW, I have an award for you over here!!!!