To Dare Or To Not Dare

Sunday Scribblings this weeks wants me to have a dare. And since I've been thinking a little about so-called good grammar rules, then I'm daring to slaughter a few holy cows.

It took some five minutes before the obvious dawned on her. She had all he needed in the words of his title. Until taking this class Penny had loved writing. That's why she had been one of the first, to register when the college syllabus appeared. Now some three weeks and several humiliations later her motivation was rapidly ebbing. Something had to be done, and now was the time to do it. "Grammar rules are made to be broken." It took her almost five minutes to write this as she glanced up after each letter to make sure, Mr. Goodwrite was not watching her. Mr. Goodwrite represented the old school; the school that knew beforehand how everything had to be done and never flinched from doing it. Looking at that opening sentence staring at her from the page gave her courage to continue...

"Grammar rules are made to be broken. Thus the question every self-respecting writer should be required to ask himself is whether to courageously dare or to cowardly not dare. Indeed, there are a number of examples of shoddy usage away from which every self-respecting writer has to keep. Should and she fail to do so, the wrath of her teacher down upon her will come. Were she to but realise the ridiculous nature of such rules, there might be hope for her yet."

She looked up. Mr. Goodwrite had started to move towards her. She trembled as she saw the lightening flash from his eyes and the words thundered out from his mouth:

Miss Penny, never forget...

  1. Thou shallt not begin a sentence with a conjunction;
  2. Thou shallt not end a sentence with a preposition;
  3. Thou shallt not split thine infinitives.


Mr Goodwrite, don't be a prig, that is rubbish.

20 December 2009 at 11:44  

College? Sounds like my Catholic High School! lol!

20 December 2009 at 12:32  

I do not really understand the rules so I guess I break them all the time.. I like this take on dare.

20 December 2009 at 13:23  

It's only when one knows the rules, as you obviously do, that one has the ability to break them correctly. Great writing snippet.

20 December 2009 at 14:19  

Grammar- I dare to face the humiliation when I break the rules. Have to go on writing.

20 December 2009 at 15:12  

English is a very flexible language. Can the words you write be understood and appreciated? If the answer is "yes" you have obeyed my only rule.

P.S. I appreciate your little teasing piece.

21 December 2009 at 07:48  

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