-in the words of a fictional 12-year-old-

I’m reading an excellent book right now…

Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty. When you speak, or read, or write, you can tell if you’ve said or read or written a fine sentence. You can recognize a well-turned phrase or an elegant style. But when you are applying the rules of grammar skillfully, you ascend to another level of the beauty of language. When you use grammar you peel back the layers, to see how it is all put together, see it quite naked, in a way. And that’s where it becomes wonderful, because you say to yourself, “Look how well-made this is, how well-constructed it is! How solid and ingenious, rich and subtle!” I get completely carried away just knowing there are words of all different natures, and that you have to know them in order to be able to infer their potential usage and compatibility. I find there is nothing more beautiful, for example, than the very basic components of language, nouns and verbs. When you’ve grasped this, you’ve grasped the core of any statement. It’s magnificent, don’t you think? Nouns, verbs…

Muriel Barbery (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)

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About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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One Response to -in the words of a fictional 12-year-old-

  1. Jason Ropp says:

    In high school I hated grammar. With a passion. I now realize that the reason I hated grammar was because of my persnickety old teacher. My last semester of College I took Modern American Grammar, which was taught by my favorite professor. He taught us the ‘proper way’ but also explained why breaking the rules was fantastic if done intentionally. My grammar still suffers, but I’ve fallen in love with it all over again.

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