A Quick Introduction to a Quick Blog.
Screw the wheel and sliced bread – language is the greatest invention of all time. So that’s what this blog is all about.
In a later post, I can talk about whether it’s really an invention or whether it’s a discovery or a facet of evolution, but for now, just ignore the semantics and stay with me.
As a fiction author, an MFA student, an advertising copywriter, an amateur linguist and general word nerd, I find all things language fascinating. And I know of at least a few other people who share that same enthusiasm, and perhaps, if I’m really lucky and stick to it long enough, I can turn some new people on to the amazing fun and craziness in how we communicate.
I hope this blog will help foster discussions about language in all its forms. Because, to be honest, I think language gets a bad rap. We all remember that seventh-grade teacher harping over the grammar book and turning English into a dreaded test on gerunds rather than an exciting, natural art of communication. People would probably hate sex if they were forced to study how it works rather than just enjoying it. Alright, that one’s a stretch.
So I’m going to focus language-related issues that I think you’ll find interesting and fun. Well, at any rate, I’m going to talk about things that I personally find interesting … I have no idea what kind of weird stuff you’re into, and that’s your business. I’m not here to judge.
I’ve already written a huge list of topics including some crazy word origins, fun tricks to confuse your friends, thoughts on different aspects of fiction-writing, book reviews, writing effective marketing copy, why I think 95% of grammar books are worthless, and why a preposition is something you certainly can end a sentence with.
Bottom line: I’m going to use my years of experience in working with and studying words in general to explore some of the funky things about what I consider to be the greatest invention of all time.
So once every week I’ll post a new entry on language and keep it around 500 words, more or less. Why 500 words? Because it forces me to be brief and clear. It’s long enough to get my point across without turning into a rambling diatribe.
Plus, after 500 words here, I need to stop procrastinating and get back to working on my novel.