Our wiser folks instilled in us to bite our tongue and think twice before you say something. “If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all.” These words of wisdom are not intended to curtail your freedom of speech. They are handed down to us through the passage of time to evade personal attacks. It is also called yellow character assassination.
Just today, a professional posted a comment to my blogs ” You can attract more bees with honey than vinegar” and “The Don’ts in applying for a Mortgage.”
I would like to thank him for reading my blogs and for the attention.
However, he, an English professor, as he professed and a real estate agent, almost empirically stated that honey does not attract bees and that I should not use Don’ts because it is grammatically incorrect.
First of all, Mr. Professor and Real Estate Agent, I did not write a scientific study about bees and their relationship to honey. This is an expression, adage, cliche or idiomatic expression. We don’t provide conclusion or theories to prove its validity. Can you provide scientific explanation too to the adage “A Bird in the Hand is Better than Two in the Bush?”
After an honest day’s work and toil, my sore muscles and seemingly numb limbs would repulse an aggravation as piddling as this one. Why? To quote a writer”
“I’m an author and dislike the everchanging rules of grammar as much as anyone else does. Grammar was invented to facilitate communication, especially written communication when voice inflection cannot be heard. However, I write serious novels, as opposed to trashy stories, and my readers don’t care about grammar rules (for the most part) when abiding by them makes reading difficult or awkward. The last thing I want to do in the middle of an engaging paragraph is jolt my readers from the mood I’ve (hopefully) lured them into just to satisfy some arbitrary grammar rule. I wouldn’t consider writing do’s and don’t’s or dos and don’ts. I write do’s and don’ts and that’s that, so to speak. I’ve never had a single complaint about my use of grammar, let alone a book returned yet.
So to appease the eruption of anger like a volcano ready to expel lava brewing inside a fiery cavity, I opted for the delete button.