Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday's Child and Her Grammarness Lives On



No New Books Today

I usually post about books on Thursdays because I love those things, be they of the digital variety or the hardcopy kind that fall onto my face with a plop when I doze off while reading in bed. But this week has been fraught with lots of family crises. You'd think one really sick person in a week or one emergency run would be more than enough. Try two of each! 

The series of heart-pounding events started last Thursday, so that somehow made me think of that old rhyme about children born on days of the week. I checked: I'm a Thursday's child and the rhyme says I have far to go. Why me? A better question yet is what has Thursday got to do with going anywhere? 

Google to the rescue! Here's what one sage had to say: 

 "Thursday - the fifth day of the week, "... derives its name from the MIddle English Thorsday. "Thursday's child has far to go," much like Thor, the only god who couldn't cross from earth to heaven upon the rainbow."

Where's that rainbow anyway? I'm looking for it. Not seeing it.

The best part of finding the answer to my question was that I reread the whole poem and decided being born on Thursday was a heck of a lot better than being born on Wednesday, but I became firmly convinced that because I'm only one day away from Wednesday, there has been a bit of contamination--at least this past week.





Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.



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Her Grammarness

Which/Witch one's right? Or, maybe the real question is why did they make English so tricky? 

1) He warned me not to lose/loose that book contract.
2) I had so many complements/compliments on my book that I wrote another one.
3)I stood in line for hours for the eminent/imminent author to sign my copy of his book.
4)How can people read on a stationery/stationary bike?

Any more of these tricksters that you know and love?

16 comments:

  1. I see affect and effect used wrong sometimes.

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  2. Sorry to hear about the health issues in your family. They say God only gives you what you can handle and we all wish He didn't have so much faith in us!
    I always thought I was a Wednesday child...but I googled the 1969 calendar and I'm a Tuesday child!!! Whew.

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  3. Well, crud, I'm a Wednesday child. That really stinks, and to think I would've never known if not for your post, lol. :P I hope things calm down for you and all your sickies start feeling better.

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  4. I've been told I was born on a Sunday. Where's all this bonnie and blithe? *glances left and right* Not sure where it's at lol!

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  5. I hope things turn around and no more sick/emergencies. May sure to tell all the parties involved. ;)

    My biggest pet grammar peeve is "a lot", allot, and the notorious alot. I couldn't really tell you why, but I cringe a little whenever I see those misused.

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  6. @Elizabeth I hope the poem doesn't predict accurately for you!

    @Celeste You have a lot of company on Wed. Take heart.

    @Angela Of course you're a perfect Sunday girl. I see the poem is right on in your case.

    @Southpaw I'm with you on the "a lot." I keep my red pen handy for those at all times.

    Thanks for all your good wishes.

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  7. Hope everyone recovers fast!
    The old prejudices on which day is best to be born on are fascinating.

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  8. That's a lot to handle in one month. Cheers to you.

    I hope I'm a Tuesday's child no matter what day my birth fell on. :-)

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  9. I am a Sunday child but I was born in the 0.30 hour so I think god fairy dragon was not fully awaken yet to bath me in all those gifts.

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  10. PS: I know all this happened in one week to you and yours. I meant this would be A LOT to handle even if it had been spread over one month. Didn't come across right the first time. Thanks for grace. :-)

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  11. So sorry for the family crisis this week. Hope everything is better.

    And it was kind of you to do the grammar post in the midst of it all.

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  12. Sending good wishes your way! Hope things are better and that you found your rainbow. :)

    For the longest time growing up I thought there was a third witch/which- it was wich. Yikes! Glad I got it sorted out.
    ~Stephanie

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  13. Hi Lee .. I sure hope all the accidents and emergencies wane for the rest of 2013 ... with thoughts.

    Too and to ... their and there ... and on it goes ... your and you're ... the brain slips them in occasionally for me - why I have no idea - I'm perfectly well aware!

    I've seen some ghastly words this week ... make me wince - and they're by authors ... ??

    Cheers - now don't make no spellings m'stooks ... Hilary

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  14. I hope things improve for you soon! I'm a Sunday's child, so I've always loved that poem. :)

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  15. Had to google it - I'm Friday. Really? Pffft...
    Hope things get easier for you!

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