These are from the June 2005 Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. If you know the maker of the beads in the last picture, let me know.
Archives for October 2005
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Welcome, by the way, to anyone who’s dropping by thanks to Eric’s New Member announcement for me. Check out some of my “Best Of” links in the left-hand bar to see the sorts of things I write about. (Eric spells my name wrong in the announcement—it’s Draughn, pronounced just like drawn—but that’s okay, I’m used to it. Besides, I couldn’t spell his last name either.)
I’m hoping that joining this community will help me find other bloggers with similar interests, will lead to new ideas for articles, and will maybe draw a little more traffic my way. For my part, I need to start contributing regularly to keep the community’s stats up and to help draw more attention to it.
Continuing Ken Lammers’ concerns with how to distinguish restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, I have a little bit to add to what I said earlier.
I’ve checked several more writing handbooks, including the Harbrace College Handbook, the Little, Brown Handbook, the St. Martin’s Handbook, and The Careful Writer. (My editions are not as current as those to which I’ve linked.) All agree to a preference for using which to introduce only non-restrictive clauses, with the degree of preference ranging from “better” to “usually” to “some writers prefer,” but none of the handbooks is as firm as the Strunk and Whiteexcerpts I quoted earlier, and certainly none of them set forth an absolute rule.
The Careful Writer has this interesting note:
There are writers who have the notion that the relative that is colloquial[…],whereas the relative which is literary. That is a mistaken idea. Jespersen has put his finger on one cause of the error: “Who and which reminded scholars of the Latin pronouns and came to be looked upon as more refined or dignified than the more popular that.” To this day there are those who seem to feel that which is more stately.
I imagine the writers of Virginia’s statutes prefered the stately and Latinate which to the common that.
On the other hand, all these handbooks (and the Chicago Manual of Style) agree that non-restrictive clauses are always set off by commas.
How come all the Google AdSense ads on my About Me page are for criminal defense attorneys? That can’t be good.