Sunday, September 25, 2011
Three Big Little Words – CREDO CXLVI
Let me introduce them before we consider their power: Meet:
and or but
Grammatically they are termed conjunctions because they join modifying words, phrases, or whole sentences, but their power is indisputable!
Consider “I like coffee and tea, but I like coffee for breakfast. Tea is best at tea time, but when I dine out, I like red or white wine, depending on the main course.”
These innocent little words can change meanings instantly!
Laurel and Hardy, David and Goliath.
Love and marriage – not the same as Love or marriage! or Love but marriage . . . ?
And can be healing, as in “Mommy loves you and I don’t like you chewing with your mouth open!” sounds better than “but I don’t like you chewing with your mouth open!” which is conditional.
Sounds simple but reread it as a four-year-old might hear it—subtle difference. In making it simple, I now suggest you imagine emotional confrontations between partners, employers, and employees, or political rivals!
“Shut up or else . . . !”
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