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One Word I Cannot Stand To Hear

I love the English language. And I’m fairly certain that I can say the same for anyone who loves to write as much as I do. There’s just something about the ability of being able to string words together to form sentences and putting sentences together to form paragraphs and then to arrange those very same paragraphs so that they form a story that has always thrilled me.

I can still remember the sense of wonder and excitement I felt when I first began to learn how to read. It seemed almost magical to me – that the books I read had the ability to transport me into other people’s lives, different lands and adventures beyond my imagination. It was as though I had unlocked a door to a whole new world and once I stepped through that door, I never wanted to leave.

Because of my love for reading, I must admit that I was a good student, especially when it came to the subject of English. I enjoyed learning about nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, predicates, adverbs, etc. I think I have a fairly good command of the correct usage of the language, although I must admit that sometimes I do get hung up on our friend the “comma” and I do tend to use more commas than I should!

I also must tell you that when our children were growing up, I did correct them on their proper use of the English language. And I am proud to say that today they are very well-spoken young adults.

So, what word would I permanently ban from general usage? Well, let me say that there is one word that you would have never heard spoken in our household. As a matter of fact, I even hesitate to type it, but I will, for the sake of this writing, and that is the word “ain’t”. How I abhor that word. As a matter of fact, every time I hear someone utter that word, it makes my toes cringe. I’ve even heard people say things like “I ain’t got no time to do that.” And I think, “There’s that awful word – and a double negative with it! My poor ears!”

This word is supposedly a contraction for “am not,” “are not,” or “is not,” but its usage is generally considered non-standard by dictionaries and style guides except when used for rhetorical effect, and it is rarely found in formal written works. There’s a reason for a that. Because it is non-standard. There is absolutely no reason to use this word. We have words like “aren’t” and “isn’t” instead. We don’t need to use the word “ain’t.”

Now I realize that there have been some exceptions throughout history that have used this word quite successfully. There have been famous recordings such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” but these are examples of song lyrics, not everyday language. This word has also been used in both speech and writing to catch attention and to give emphasis, as in “Ain’t that a crying shame,” or “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But the above examples are exceptions to the rule, not the norm.

Now let’s get back to that last phrase: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In this case – why don’t we fix it? Let’s just eliminate this one word from the English language. It’s such a lovely language. Why don’t we keep it that way?

 

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Allergic To ‘E’

ALLERGIC TO ‘E’ CHALLENGE

I’ve been nominated to take part in the Allergic to ‘E’ Challenge by Insach. Thank you very much for the nomination. Since I absolutely cannot resist a challenge, I will give it my very best try.

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Here are the Rules:

1) Write a whole paragraph without any word containing the letter “e”.

2) By reading this you are already signed up.

3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.

4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.

5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

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My Paragraph:

I want to say that this particular paragraph is difficult, not using what I wish I could to finish this paragraph. But I want to finish this paragraph without using it, and say that I did it – an amazing act to add to my small list of triumphs, and my goal is that this list of triumphs will grow if I carry on. Now I’m trying to pin down in my mind the limits of this particular paragraph. As Insach said in his paragraph, this work is difficult, and I don’t think that all who try it may finish, but I think it’s worth it if you do. You truly must focus on what you put down or you will fail. But if you stand firm and go for it, you will do it, and it is amazing! It truly is a fascinating thing to do, and you may find that your participation will be surprising, if you simply put your mind to it, find a way, and just do it! I did it, and so you can you! And I must say – this was fun! Voila! 

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* I’d like to nominate:

1.  Sheen

2.  Trisha

3.  Daily Musings

4.  CynK

5.  Soccermonkey413

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To those whom I nominated:  Please don’t feel that you must take part in this challenge, but I must tell you that it is a fun challenge to do, and you will be surprised at how much fun it really is. All it takes is a little concentration, and remember that the thesaurus is your friend! Good luck! 🙂

 

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The Chimera Whine

 

“Daddy, I want that one!” whined Bobby as he pointed at the monster in the cage 100 yards away.

“But you can’t have the Chimera, dear. How about a nice tiger cub instead?” coaxed Mrs. Montague.

“No! That one!”

“I told you we should have gone to a pet shop,” said Mr. Montague.

 

 

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This prompt is brought to you by: Shapeshifting 13 #4 Kickoff

Chimera

noun, plural chimeras.

1. (often initial capital letter) a mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and serpent’s tail.

2. any similarly grotesque monster having disparate parts, especially as depicted indecorative art.

3. a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy: 

He is far different from the chimera your fears have made of him.

 

4. Genetics. an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species.