a blog bleat

It's time I took a look at language and writing again - others' as well as mine. So here are some more pet peeves, often repeated, by me, complaining and by others, committing.

Is anyone going to learn the difference between may and might? Npwadays people seem to think the two are interchangeable. Not.  The biggest difference is that might is the past tense of may. May involves permission and possibility; might involves conjecture (what might have happened). That's enough. You may look it up.  Google makes everything possible.

I absolutely give up on  lie and lay, that is, trying to correct people. I will keep on using them correctly.  I've had this discussion before.

If you don't think words and language and writing and clear expression are fun, then you've already stopped reading this bleat/blog. I think there are more people who are interested than we realise. I mean, look at all the quizzes that keep popping up on Facebook. And not just words, of course. You can test yourself on historical facts or people, or movie icons, legends and famous lines - fewer of those now, with so many different sources of experience.  Some of the great lines...will be considered at another time.

My son Matt just walked in for lunch and we're going to a movie. I have my priorities straight.  I might get back to you today, but I doubt it.