Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Some rant about comma placement and other atrocities.

So, the only daughter feels that I should change my header because I am talking about the goodness in the world and not "ranting" enough. She is an English major who takes words and grammar very seriously. On her face book page her "flair" says "she will judge you when you use bad grammar." We all know this so there is no need for the banner stating the obvious. She is the only person I know who can get into a heated argument about the placement of a comma. Seriously, the placement of a comma.
So, in honor of my daughter who is very smart, honest and a true dedicated warrior of the English language... I give you... the definition of rant.
rant (rant) v. to talk in a loud, wild way; rave. n. loud, wild speech.
I think I have ranted and raved many times and while it may be true that as I age I'm less wild (maybe), I'll always rant even about the "good things in this world." I think it is important for people to feel passionately about things they believe in even if it is "just" the placement of a comma! You go girl!

7 comments:

Brenda said...

I agree that "rant" is not always a negative thing. I often write with the incorrect use of commas and run-on sentences and am known for ending a sentence with a preposition...oh, and I also really like using ... and - in my sentences! Sorry R!

rmbgrafton said...

I am Queen of using ellipses in my sentences, too...because that is how I think! Also, ending sentences in a preposition isn't always bad. Sometimes it shows your style as an author. :)

Now, MOM - these are the definitions I chose yesterday when I posted that comment:
Dictionary.com -
"Rant:
1. to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave: 'The demagogue ranted for hours.'
2. to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.
–noun 3. ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
4. a ranting utterance."
OR
American Heritage Dictionary -
"v. To speak or write in an angry or violent manner; rave.
v. To utter or express with violence or extravagance: a dictator who ranted his vitriol onto a captive audience."

So in short, the undertones in all of those definitions tended to sway towards negative. Whatcha think?

Ronda's Rants said...

Dang...I told you she was smart! Okay, so I used you old seventh grade dictionary for my definition.
I am glad to see all that money we spent for your education paid off.
Go Gators!

Rob Baer said...

Watcha thinK?i THINK your an psycho. how,d you liked my grammer?

Ronda's Rants said...

Okay, Rob's post performs to functions, it allows everyone to see an example of lunatic ranting and it discloses the identity of the other party to the heated debate of the placement of comma.

Rob Baer said...

huh?

rmbgrafton said...

Rob, you'RE A butthole! :)