I have discovered something about myself. I have a love affair with punctuation. But not all punctuation. (i can't even spell it right. thank you Mr. spell check). Mainly just with ellipses. Don't believe me? Scroll down. Notice a pattern in the titles of almost all of my blog posts?
You know what they are right? I remember the first time that I discovered the wonder of ellipses. Eighth grade. Mrs. Yates class. The Elements of Grammar. (which I still own by the way. I know. Such a nerd.)
And you know what is funny? I use them wrong every time. According to The Elements of Grammar: "Ellipsis is the term for omission of words or paragraphs from a quotation. It is indicated by the use of period dots." (yes. I am quoting. I got my book down just for all of you. So appreciate it!)
But you know what? I'm going to keep doing it. It's like a little suspense built into my blog. (or so i like to think)
And now I will continue the trip down memory lane to Mrs. Yates 8th grade honors English class. I have so many good memories from that class. I met my first 2 boyfriends in that particular class. (they didn't achieve that status for another 2 years or so, but that is indeed where I first met them.) I learned about dangling participles and direct objects. I had my first real introduction to poetry in that class and can still recite large chunks of the poems that we memorized on a monthly basis. And I complained mercilessly about diagramming sentences.
Have you ever diagrammed a sentence? Then you know what I am talking about. You know how tedious it is and how it seems like there has to be about a million ways to better spend your time. But you know what? I spent the better part of my college career eating my words.
1. Diagramming sentences is extremely helpful when learning a foreign language. It helps when you are conjugating verbs.
2. That grammar class I took? Yeah, I pretty much got the best grade in the class solely because I knew how to diagram sentences.
Just an example of a seemingly meaningless lesson that proved to be invaluable later on in life. Funny, isn't it? While learning that lesson I whined like a little girl--oh wait, I was a little girl-- about how this was pointless and no one every really needed to learn something like that. Only to realize that if I hadn't I would have had a much harder time in college.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Don't you love how the Lord just gives us the knowledge we need even though we are CONVINCED we don't really need it? Maybe I should start paying better attention . . .
see. i used them again. i can't help it.