Today's prompt is on a somewhat controversial theme. Many will say it's okay to do one thing, and others will say you'd better avoid doing that thing at all. Let me say something before I go on: these aren't hard-fast rules, but I believe it's best to know the "rules" so you can know when to break them. Or to know that there's even a controversy surrounding them.
That said, let me tell you what I'm talking about:
- Irregardless versus regardless
- Alot versus a lot
- Alright versus all right.
Here are the rules according to the best English teacher (bless her heart, wherever she may be) I ever had:
Don't say "irregardless." The correct word is "regardless." (And I haven't had much argument on this one. :-))
Alot is considered substandard. A lot (two separate words) is considered to be correct.
Alright is considered substandard. All right (two separate words) is considered to be correct.
You'll hear people argue about alot and alright all the time. Personally, I avoid using either, but I know I'm in the minority these days. :-)
All right. (There I go again. :-)) The challenge for today is another freestyle-type prompt. I want you to describe the smartest person you know. Whether they're smart because of life-experience, education, common sense, natural intelligence, or whatever, I want you to tell us why you feel they are smart. How do you know them? Are you drawn to them, or repelled? And I want this to be someone you've actually met, who has had an impression on you in one way or another.
As part of the challenge, use the three words above (in whichever form you choose: regardless, a lot, and all right, or the other way around). Make sure they fit in naturally with what you're saying. :-)
You have until Thursday, April 26, 2012 at midnight to write and post, and it can be in any format.
I will read, comment on, and feature your responses a week from today.
* Have your title say FWE or Friday Writing Essential, and have the initials "LNPS" (Little, Nit-Picky Stuff) in it.
* Make sure to post to the Writing Essential Group.
* Put FWE or Friday Writing Essentials and the initials "LNPS" in your tags. (I won't find your post without these tags.)
Can't wait to read your responses!