“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
“You are never too old to learn.”
To which idiom you subscribed, probably depends on what kind of a dog you are … and possibly, how old of a dog you are. It’s a rarity that I use the canine species to prove a point or even consider one, but as I sit here at the ripe old age of … ≥ 35 ≤ 45 (that equation was for my ≥ 10 ≤ 15 year old daughter who occasionally reads my blog and also thinks that I have forgotten how to compute basic math) I have been hit with one of those moments that Oprah labels an “Ahha moment”.
I am a horrible speller. That’s right folks – I am a writer who for years has depended on the much appreciated availability of spellchecker (yes that is one word! As is legwarmers for those of you that still don’t believe me). Why am I a horrible speller? I really can’t say. Certainly my “condition” is not for lack of a good education yet I find I struggle with certain words. Words, I have recently learned, that tend to follow some pretty simple rules that I seem to have forgotten … for instance, did you know that the only word in the English language that actually ends with “full” is full? All other words (careful, wonderful, plentiful, skilful etc) end if “ful”. Just one of those simple little rules that should be in the forefront of one’s mind rather than the back. I know you are going to try and refute this but I am telling you your attempts are wasteful!
So this not too old dog is going to focus on one new rule for the next fourteen days. Which also means (gulp) I plan to post, albeit briefly, for the next fourteen days. And I am dedicating the month of February to Jane Straus, the late author of The Blue Book of Grammar and Education. Her website is maintained HERE and it is the sort of resource that everyone should have as a shortcut on their desktop – whether they are a writer or not.
I hope you will tune in for the next two weeks … and remember,
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis
This February is for you Jane – you and I (or is it you and me?)