7 Quick Takes #7

— 1 —

I am going away for the weekend to see friends who I’ve not seen for a shamefully long time (since they moved house) and so will be sad to miss out on the news but will have a wonderful time with them. And the 3 hour drive it takes to get there. In the dark. And potentially the ice.

— 2 —

I’ve found another grammar geek – I already know several and love a new addition to those in my ken. Here is one of my favourite Lewis Thomas passages:

There are no precise rules about punctuation (Fowler lays out some general advice (as best he can under the complex circumstances of English prose (he points out, for example, that we possess only four stops (the comma, the semicolon, the colon and the period (the question mark and exclamation point are not, strictly speaking, stops; they are indicators of tone (oddly enough, the Greeks employed the semicolon for their question mark (it produces a strange sensation to read a Greek sentence which is a straightforward question: Why weepest thou; (instead of Why weepest thou? (and, of course, there are parentheses (which are surely a kind of punctuation making this whole matter much more complicated by having to count up the left-handed parentheses in order to be sure of closing with the right number (but if the parentheses were left out, with nothing to work with but the stops we would have considerably more flexibility in the deploying of layers of meaning than if we tried to separate all the clauses by physical barriers (and in the latter case, while we might have more precision and exactitude for our meaning, we would lose the essential flavor of language, which is its wonderful ambiguity )))))))))))).

— 3 —

I should be cooking dinner now but am blissfully lost in the blogosphere.

— 4 —

I discovered in the cold snap this week that there are more people out there than you ever realised who are worried that in the cold weather, when your breath puffs out as vapour, if they fart outside, vapour will be seen and everyone will know what they’ve just done!

— 5 —

We have an appointment at the fertility clinic on Thursday. Huzzah for expediency. I can’t wait to find out about Husby’s treatment and our family prospects.

— 6 —

My most random thing this week was being able to nab a free fish tank and all the gear to go with it, brand new, thanks to my work experience testing and reviewing products. All I had to do was ask “I suppose you want me to test this at my home forever?” and got the nod.

— 7 —

I love this song – it’s cheering and fun and lovely and I think you should give it a try.

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8 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes #7

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  3. That would be a long and painful tattoo but awesome. I sometimes wonder about getting the Fibonacci spiral, in Fibonacci numbers, on my back. I haven't managed to still like it for two years though, and that's my benchmark of how long I have to still like the idea before I go and get inked. Hence I remain uninked…

    I had great fun with my friends, thanks. We had a cold but most excellent day out and some fabulous meals.


  4. Aaaahh! I know I wrote a comment to this. One of hte kids must have distracted me before I hit publish. Phooey. It was a good one. At least I sense that it was. I don't remember it exactly. I just know it had something to do with getting a tattoo of that brilliant parentheses quote somewhere on my person. Oh, well. Hope you had fun with your friends.


  5. Wow, thank you – that really couldn't be more perfect! I'll certainly pray that one and hope God has it in His plan to give us a child. The rest of that blog looks pretty awesome as well, so thanks for that.

    Hope your dinner wasn't too late – ours was and it held us up! Oops!


  6. I don't think I've ever put a period – sorry, a full stop – inside quotes. I didn't know that Canada tends to follow British formats. I suppose it makes perfect sense but just wasn't on my radar. Perhaps that's why so many Brits go to Canada and feel perfectly at home. I occasionally slip into American just from reading it so much online; usually with words ending in 're' which then get changed to 'er'. I tend to correct it but sometimes get caught out!


  7. I always wonder whether my American readers think I just can't spell or use punctuation properly, because Canada tends to follow British spelling and punctuation rules, and they're not the same as the U.S. For example, the U.S. always puts periods inside quotes. For Canada/Britain, it depends on the sentence structure.


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