Thursday Three #56

  1. My new pet peeve is the use of “finesse” as a verb. I have been seeing it in a few of the books I have been reading, and it really bothers me. Apparently, it is not an incorrect usage, though. “He finessed his way through the crowd.” Yuck.
  2. You’ve probably heard that they added “they” to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in September 2019. To me, “they” is fine when you don’t know a person’s gender; for example, “I just saw someone go down that abandoned alley. I wonder what they’re doing.” But I still can’t wrap my brain around using “they” as someone’s preferred pronoun: “I want you to meet my friend Jack. They will be pleased to finally get to know you.” I might just have to resort to the usage in the Dick and Jane books (“Dick is driving to work. Dick is leaving Dick’s car. Dick is entering the building.”) to avoid using pronouns at all. What a world.
  3. Boring life update: My son knows how to pull himself up to a standing position. He is so thrilled with this, he does it all the time, even when he should be trying to sleep. Whoever said “they grow up so fast” was not joking. When you are a kid, you don’t think you’re growing up fast, but when you’re an adult watching other kids grow up, you see the truth in that statement.

Thursday Three #54

  1. Here’s an interesting article about whether style guides can help you write better. Style guides are useful for learning the basic rules of language and the peculiarities of an organization or publishing house, but they won’t make your writing better. The only way to do that is to read, and read a lot.
  2. Once upon a time, “Suga Suga” by Baby Bash was my jam. Then I heard a song (Robin Schulz’s “Sugar”) that heavily borrowed from it, and I thought… wow. You know you’re getting old when songs from your high school days are getting sampled into newer songs.
  3. Random “housekeeping” thing: I haven’t been checking my email address (maggie underscore smith at live dot com) because I rarely use it anymore and it won’t let me reset the password for some odd reason. So if you’ve emailed me there, I promise I’m not ignoring you. If you need to reach me, you’ll get a much faster response if you use quickstep 7 at gmail dot com.