Monday, November 5, 2012

The English Language Usage Police

Well, I recently deviated from my personal creed, which is that I claim the privilege of writing according to the dictates of my own conscience and allow all  [people] the same privilege: let them write how, where, or what they may.*  In my previous posting to this blog, well,  I disparaged the blatant disregard for conventions of standard written English in many Mormon Mommy blogs.  Well, I offer no apologies for the content of that particular post, and stand by my original observation, which is that many Mormon Mommies, as evidenced by their blog postings,  lack proficiency in the area of basic writing skills.  Well, this comes as less than a news flash to most of my readers. 

Why, then, am I wasting time and space to address the topic?  Well, I'm heading in this direction simply to share that I dislike the use of the word well as a placeholder, for lack of a better term.  

Are more compelling problems plaguing the world at this very moment? Well, yes. Do I care? Well, no. Well, actually, I do care, but since I can't do much about the more serious and complex issues facing our nation and planet,  I choose instead to focus upon the misuse, abuse, and overuse of the word well.

Well, as a  general rule, I dislike self-proclaimed spelling, grammar, and punctuation police as much as anyone else does. After reading several Mormon Mommy blogs, however, I felt led -- perhaps even  inspired -- to share.

* blatant plagiarism of the writings of Joseph Smith, Junior, who probably plagiarized his version every bit as blatantly as did I

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