The Time is Now ~

Greetings People ~

I’ve carved out some legit writing time. Pre-Bikram yoga at 6:30PM {it’s been two days since I’ve been; I feel the addiction jitters starting to set in} and post-pulling apart an entire child’s bedroom to paint – he has a drum kit in there – it’s no small task and at times like this, it makes me regret his reading habit…but I digress.  The time is here and the time is now – so let’s get to it.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m rather fond of the ‘~’ but I suspect I’m abusing it in a way it wasn’t intended.  I have to confess, I’m not sure what it’s actually used for and I possibly don’t know its name (I always automatically think it’s a tilde – but that goes over an n – so obviously it’s not that). However, I have felt it looks awfully good as a more spiced up dash…and I’ve become quite attached to it by now.   I’m also pretty confident in the fact that I overuse the ellipsis as well; and possibly “as well”.

Now that you, well I, mention it, I also tend to not prefer my period on the inside of a word or phrase set off with double quotes when it’s at the end of a sentence.  So I refuse to do it.   I’ve also been known to indulge overly much with appositives. And I will never give up the awkward turn-of-phrase regardless of how many people find it an annoyance.

It’s funny, I love grammar but I never thought about how much I bend the rules in this game.

But anyway, I wanted talk about parsley and the moment got away from me…and it’s time to get myself ready to ride – so I’ll have to come back to it on another day.

I had wanted to mention that this post was somewhat influenced by Le Clown’s post regarding some language police where he resides and promptly ran out of time. I am grateful to the fluidity of language and the ability to not be repressed in my usage of it by those that think they ‘know better’. 

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54 Responses to The Time is Now ~

  1. The Hook says:

    The time is now – to mention this post rocked!

  2. Okay, I’ll admit it…. I’m a total ellipsis whore…. there, I said it…. I’m trying to cut back with the help of the dash – but not having much luck.

  3. robincoyle says:

    I am a fan/abuser of the “~” as well. I guess I am a fan/abuser of “as well” as well. I call the “~’ a squirm.

  4. Slo-Man says:

    Ah ! Split infinitives forever!

  5. MissFourEyes says:

    I have no idea what ‘~’ is used for either. As a kid I thought it looked kind of like a little mustache (still do)
    I’m a comma abuser, I abuse the comma. I’ve been trying to cut back.

  6. Fresh Ginger says:

    I use “…” all of the time. No reason. I’m addicted. I’m pretty sure I can’t …™ yet. I’m not up for The Magnificence.

  7. But I’ve noticed that you’re not fond of dangling participles. They’re my favorite. I think I just like the word dangling.

  8. Le Clown says:

    Le Clown

  9. I have an ellipsis addiction as well (And an ‘as well’ addiction.) (And the whole period thing inside or outside of a quote or a parenthesis.) Mostly though the ellipsis. I do it so much, even on facebook, I think its my fear of commitment. To actually end a thought…or try to… (its better to just fade off into the sunset.) and this ~ looks like a moustache when you do this: ‘~’ – it looks like a funny confused face. love it. (i also don’t capitalize when I should.) (We are all running rampant on here!!)

  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    I believe the ~ symbol is called a tilde. I’ve always used it to mean ‘approximately.’ For example, I might write, “He smokes ~ 1 pack per day.” At least that’s what I think it means.

  11. I totally abuse this ~ . No idea what I’m supposed to use it for but it makes my email signature look pretty so there.

  12. I just make things up as I go along. I’m with Guapo. I’m lucky if I can read what I just wrote. For the record, I don’t even remember what an appositive is or what appositives are. But I’m pretty sure I just ended that sentence with a preposition, which is a no-no, and I started the next one with “But.” So, obviously you never need to worry about impressing this here audience! haha!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I love the ~ but what is the ellipsis?? I’m always using brackets(parenthesis?) and I love the use of “…words…”

  14. indytony says:

    It’s funny what quirks we have as writers (mine is overusing parenthetical remarks). I have vowed many times to reform (yet consistently feel the need to whisper something in the reader’s ear ~ hence, more parentheses).

  15. twindaddy says:

    I’m not sure what just happened here, Ladycakes.

  16. Ha, Denise, I totally associate that fancy dash with you! It’s fun and so you, as well…

  17. rossmurray1 says:

    Who was that masked mercenary?

  18. El Guapo says:

    I don’t worry too much about grammar. I’m just happy if I can understand what I wrote.

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