11.04.2006

Everything only connected by "and" and "and"...

I really enjoyed this Language Log post, on sentence-initial "But" (or "And"). I, too, was taught never to begin a sentence with a conjunction. As a consequence, I think I overuse "accordingly" -- yet, I continue to do so, because of some inner music only I can hear. But I still don't like sentences that begin with "and"; in my own shitty writing, I always wonder why I can't just join that sentence to the preceding one. "But" is a different matter, you may need that beat of the period before you sail in with the "but".

(I thought the poem referenced in the title would be easily available online. It isn't. It's discussed here.

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