I’m not one to rant…but I have some beef that needs to be aired.
No, it’s not beef with a person, group, job, or situation. I have beef with the English language, a bone to pick with it per say.
[note: I am not actually angry, but there are definitely some aspects of English grammar that perplex me. It’s likely you’ve noticed through reading my blog.]
Have you guys heard of FANBOYS? Not as in boys who get all squealy when their favorite girl-band takes the stage or as in that Kristen Bell movie, but as in the acronym for conjunctions:
“What a helpful acronym for a grammar rule! I can use these conjuctions to connect two separate sentences as long as I place a comma in front of them, hoorah!”
But have you ever noticed there is no “because” in FANBOYS? There is a “but” but no because. This is because you never place a comma before “because” (according to my technical writing professor after I got a question wrong on my exam this morning..).
In other words, a sentence such as the following is correct:
“Ruthie ate biscotti dipped in coffee this morning because her professor is nice and brought treats to the exam.”
Doesn’t that sounds a little wordy to you? Wouldn’t a nice comma help clarify things a bit?
I propose that FANBOYS should become FAN B-BOYS. Or heck, maybe it should even be FHAN B-BOYS. We can’t leave “hence” out. I mean, people don’t use “hence” very often, but if they were to use it between two complete sentences, I think they would deserve to use a separating comma!
I’m no English major though, hence my large disregard for proper grammar..
(I apologize if my overuse of commas and my run-on sentences break your heart. Forgive me?)