E: What if there were lots of yous?
Me: I don’t think I’d like that. How would you know which one was the real me?
E: Well, someone could say “Hey, Jessica!” And you would turn around, and that’s how they’d know it was the real you.
If the sentence preceding the example were ‘Our tuition was wasted on our fucking Luddite teachers,’ the meaning is nice and clear, regardless of whether you then follow with ‘use’ or ‘utilize’. Similarly, if the sentence after the example were ‘The Amish kids just looked at their mentors with terror in their eyes,’ the inherent vagary of the example vanishes, whether you use ‘utilize,’ or you utilize ‘use.’
Reason #9,203,541 I love the internet: a vintage 2005 article about Damian Kulash and grammar in an LA Weekly blog, complete with Damian’s etymology geekery in the comments.
If your story is losing momentum, juice it up by inflicting some major changes on your characters. Crash the spaceship. End the marriage. Buy the monkey.
This may be one of the best pep talks EVER. I am totally buying the monkey.
The jegging is quickly becoming a staple in the every-girl’s closet.