Very

Very is a word commonly used when speaking, though it’s criminally overused. But we’re a dramatic culture, and its strong presence is here to stay.

Where we can go wrong is using it for words that can’t be qualified using that word. Aside from the mistake of pairing it with unique—which is important enough to warrant its own separate blog—very is often used with first and last. “The very first thing he did was…,” or “It’s in the very last chapter of the book.”

Think about it. What’s the difference between the very first and the first? The correct answer is “Nothing.” What’s the difference between the very last and the last? The answer is an even more emphatic: “Nothing!”

First and last can’t be described as somewhat first or extremely last. Can’t be done. If it’s first, it’s first. Same with last; if it’s last, it’s last.

So let’s leave these nice strong words alone, and let them stand up for their own meaning without any help from a word that shouldn’t precede them.

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The Year in Review

A Surprise Entry!

First of all, thanks to all of you who have signed up for this blog. I hope you’ve made a few changes that make sense to you.

Let’s take a quick look at some of this year’s highlights:

The dedication: If you haven’t read where the name of the blog really came from, take a moment to read the About section.

We learned we can’t use very in front of first or last.

We learned we can’t put any qualifying word in front of unique; the word needs to stand alone.

We learned that the “s” for the plural of son-in-law goes after son.

Some of us learned that there is no such word as alot. What we mean is a lot—two words.

We learned that saying past history or past experience is redundant.

We learned that no matter what college you may have attended, you can never be an alumni.

We learned the difference between couldn’t care less and could care less.

We learned that reoccur and reoccurring are not real words.

We learned that fewer and less are not to be used interchangeably.

We learned that its’ is an abomination.

We learned that saying “irregardless” is nearly as abominable.

If one of the above doesn’t make sense, just look back at the blog and refresh yourself. Sometimes it takes real work to fight back against the tide!

Thanks for coming onboard. Please feel free to make a suggestion or leave a comment. They are always welcome.

Happy New Year to you all (or all y’all)!