March 20th, 2007

it makes me tired

How then, is it, that we have so many English words, yet so often never care to use them?

More frequently am I agitated by these lazy run on fragments:

"Don't care so much about the pay being so stellar as the ability to set dollars aside for retirement in a tax-deferred account."

Do you see it?  It vexes me -- I know the exact trigger for once:  "the ability to" is a specific marker that a better word is about to be missed.  Every time I see it, I cringe.  Forever onwards does the sentence push, caught in that annoying upward inflection.

I might as well get used to it: it's going to get worse.