The problem with Weird Al’s ‘Word Crimes’
When I first started writing, my narration tended to speak in a So Cal vernacular. I got shit from every editor I used regarding the grammar outside of dialog to which I’d always, and still do, point to Huck Finn. I’m slow so it took me some years to realize they thought I wanted to be Mark Twain, which I do, but grammar changes with class because educational opportunities change with class. Huck Finn is a great example of that. Far too many of these grammar nazis are unrealized classist, but we don’t talk about classism in America. Spell check doesn’t even like the words.
if the phantom of the opera has taught me anything it’s that if all else fails you set the place on fire and cry
Sounds like the Israeli solution to everything.
Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law
"These punitive measures are proven to be ineffective, and yet our state chooses to waste tax dollars locking up women instead of getting them the health care they need."
Okay here’s the summary: Meth is a big problem in Tennessee. So we wrote a law to stop pregnant women (women are also a problem in the state by their mere existence) from using meth wherein we criminalized the use while pregnant of narcotics—opiates—shit that make you sleepy. Meth doesn’t make you sleepy. Meth is not a narcotic. Meth is like speed. Why did we screw up the law so badly? Because that’s how we roll in Tennessee!