The Wisdom of Artistotle and My Mama
(They had a lot in common)
I have to give my mama credit; she had tons of good advice. Of course, I didn’t listen to a word she said. Now that I’m all grownup, at least physically, I understand how these little gems of every day life can get us through the big tough times.
For one thing, she always said to make it a habit to do the little things the right way.
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- Don’t use no double negatives.
- Cliches are old hat. Avoid them like the plague.
- Ending sentences with prepositions will not be put up with.
- Using foreign words is not apropos.
- And never start a sentence with a conjunction.
- Passive voice is to be ignored.
- It’s important to be specific, more or less.
- Never! Ever! Use exclamation points!
- Never, also, ever use redundancies respectively.
- Groan readers do not like puns.
My friends tell me I’m as southern as sweet tea, but I don’t see it. My opinion is women are pretty much the same on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. The only thing that separates us is language. They talk funny up north. Down here we have what we call Belle Speak. Loosely translated it means, what my mama tried to tell me and what I tried to tell my daughter. Here are some examples: Continue reading →