s’

I will not read Bridget Jones’s Diary.
I do not want to be Jesus’s friend.
Never will I eat John Keats’s Porridge, or
Write a sermon about Moses’s end.

16 thoughts on “s’

  1. It’s my book that’s responsible for the Keats’s, though I find it entirely reprehensible, if unsurprising (there’s simply something wrong with a book called “John Keats’ Porridge” subtitled “Great Recipes from American Poets.”
    I’ve got to take time to post recipes from it, though — they’re pretty amusing.

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  2. Shoot, Jane Dark, I meant to link back to you. Sorry!
    I first ran into this when working with a college student in the late 90’s. She figured that anyone as old I was then was just an idiot; she told me this was the “way” of the Chicago Manual of Style. I told here I was happy with Elements of Style and to leave me alone. So there!

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  3. No, I was chiding myself, because I really intended to link. Did I post this late last night? Or very early this morning? My nights have been disturbed by worrying about whether the dog is still sick, so I’ve been restlessly sleeping on the couch and reaching out to the laptop as semi-consciously as a nursing mother reaches out to her baby. Or perhaps that’s as semi-consciously as a nursing baby reaches out to her mother?

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  4. BTW, my bloglines is slow, or down, or something, because I haven’t gotten hardly any updates since yesterday–and hadn’t been notified of your last two posts. Any ideas?
    Also just wanted to check in and say that’s why I’ve been quiet.

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  5. BTW, my bloglines is slow, or down, or something, because I haven’t gotten hardly any updates since yesterday–and hadn’t been notified of your last two posts. Any ideas?
    Also just wanted to check in and say that’s why I’ve been quiet.

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  6. I think Bloglines is just plain slow. I’ve subscribed to my own blog just to get a measurement of the slowness. Phantom recommends using Sage, for us Firefox users, but I never could figure it out (so ashamed). Anyway, I get an e-mail about your posts, rm, long before I see you on Bloglines (sometimes as long as 12-18 hours).

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  7. ShrinkLit: Elements of Style
    “Omit needless words!”
    Said Strunk to White.
    “You’re right,”
    Said White,
    “That’s nice
    Advice,
    But Strunk,
    You’re Drunk
    With words–
    Two-thirds
    Of those
    You chose
    For that
    Fiat
    Would fill
    The bill!
    Would not
    The thought
    –The core —
    Be more
    Succinct
    If shrinked
    (Or shrunk)?”
    Said Strunk
    “Good grief!
    I’m brief
    (I thought)
    P’raps not…
    Dear me!
    Let’s see…
    Okay!
    Just say
    ‘Write tight!’
    No fat
    in that!”
    “Quite right!”
    Said White,
    “Er– I mean ‘Quite!’
    Or, simply, ‘Right!'”
    –Maurice Sagoff

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  8. Well, that’s a relief, because I definitely want to be Jesus’ friend. (Or the other way around.) This all began when I was watching a trailer for “Pride and Prejudice,” which included the phrase:
    From the producers of (and they flashed the words on the screen so there could be no doubt) “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”
    That really ticks me off.

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  9. Back to the bloglines thing–R tells me that two major Internet backbones went down last night–a router upgrade gone bad–and when I asked him if that would account for Bloglines’s slow performance he said, “without a doubt.”
    (See how I snuck that apostrophe in there to stay on topic?)

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  10. I barely noticed this earlier…but wanted to say that I hope the dog is better! I housesit for a golden retriever pretty regularly, and she ended up with a nasty bug last time I was over. Miserable is a dog who actually is aware that she’s still sick.

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  11. I believe that new punctuation rules are the same as changes in the curriculum. So they added an additional semester of foreign language? If it wasn’t in the catalogue the day I matriculated, it does not apply to me! They change the rules I already learned? Sorry! If it’s not in the Strunk and White I bought for 9th grade English, I am exempt.

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