Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Random Thoughts

Sometimes, I have poetic, writer-y thoughts but they don't really go with a specific book or project. I write them down so I can maybe use them later, but I thought maybe you'd be interested in a peek inside my (admittedly very weird) head:

Have you ever seen a ghost? I’m not talking about the supernatural kind of ghost—the kind where people who have died linger here. I’m talking about the walking, talking, breathing dead. People whose hearts have stopped but who keep on living, because the rest of their bodies are determined to keep working.

The green of Georgia is a warm, earthy green. The green in Washington is formidable and majestic.

It’s little wonder the people in Texas make everything big. I’d try to carve out a piece of that infinite skyline too, just to feel a little less small against the endless stretch.

Monday, March 2, 2015

American vs. British English Summary

Earlier, I was chatting with some of the people I'm working with on a collaboration (see this post here for a more detailed discussion of how much this collaboration is the best thing ever) and the guy running the whole show had mentioned he needed to Anglicize the language.

Which prompted one writer to ask what the differences were.

Yeah, I jumped on that so fast.

Here's what I said. I was just remembering this today, and it tickled me, so I figured I'd share it here:

American English decided extra letters were stupid. Basically, we think we're too cool to take alllll that extra time writing "colour" instead of "color."

We also decided Z was a much-maligned letter and started to use that in place of "s" in cases like "baptise" vs "baptize."

Not to mention all of the rearranging we decided to do because "re" is weird? Like who says "theatre" when clearly you pronounce it "theater?"

But then we got super inconsistent and decided to add letters?? at the end?? of past-tense words??? Because clearly "dreamt" is not as cool as "dreamed."

In our even weirder past tenses, we decided things like lit and spit are already past tense on their own except in special cases when clearly "spat" and "lighted" follow our nonexistent English patterns.

Also, we decided to do away with things like "shan't" because why the heck not?
Not to mention we got rid of all those pesky "to do" bits as pro-predicates. ("He must have" instead of "He must have done.")

But then we started adding in articles where there weren't any before ("in hospital" verses "in the hospital.")

And I could go on and on, but I'm sure I lost those who didn't minor in editing and take countless classes on variations of English at "pro predicate."