I know two things:
- I have many opinions
- I ask many questions
I almost used the term “a lot” instead of “many”. When I was a kid, if I chiseled out “a lot” in an essay, the teacher would ding me a point. We were not allowed to use the phrase “a lot”. This is an anecdote and a factual statement based on my specific life experience
Nowadays, it appears that the phrase “a lot” is acceptable and used by many people, including teachers. This is an observation.
Should we be using the term “a lot”? This is a question to ask what popular opinion is.
In the above statements, I commented on something in my life, made an observation, and asked a question…
I do this often. The great majority of my blogs follow this exact pattern:
- I read or experience something
- I get something out of the experience
- I ask a question based on my observation and thoughts
When I do these things, it means that I am in the middle of opinion making- I might be leaning towards one side or another, but I’m really still gathering info. In the case of “should a lot be an acceptable phrase” I really don’t have an opinion. I’m really just wondering why what was once taboo is now common. When did this change occur? How has it affected language? How has it affected communication, written or otherwise? Does it matter at all that “a lot” is used a lot?
I am interested in everything around me.
I question everything.
I question so that I can form an opinion.
I like to gather the thoughts of all sorts of people to see all the different sides and aspects to any given thing.
Sometimes when I write a post, some people think I’m giving an opinion. They ask me why X is my opinion because it’s wrong…
Perhaps this means I’m not getting my point across, which would bruise the part of my ego that thinks it’s a writer, but it’s something to work on for the future…
or (because we are still trying to put a Band-Aid on my hurt ego)
Maybe people have become accustomed to all things written and spoken being opinions set in stone, and no longer understand that sometimes things are conversational, or fact finding, or just tossing ideas into the interweb thingy…
A few months ago I wrote about how I’m noticing that no one is recycling and single use item usage is on the upswing. One commenter told me that I should be recycling and the single use thing was wrong, etc…I told the commenter that I agreed- but my blog wasn’t about what “I was doing”… the blog was about what I saw happening in front of me, and I wondered if others were having the same experience.
Sometimes a post is not about right or wrong, but just a post…
Sometimes I just want to get the conversation started…
Off we go:
- What do you think about the phrase “a lot”?
- When you read or listen to something do you automatically think it’s an opinion?
- Do you enjoy thinking about whatever random topics float across my blog?
- Are you willing to pad my ego by saying what a good writer I am?