The following is a fine example of why every writer needs a copy editor.
On Jun 14, 2012, at 9:54 AM, Joshua wrote:
I mean, I know that "what are you thinking of" or the more colloquial "what are you thinking about" are forbidden by highschool english teachers but, let's be honest, we all know that the rule about not ending sentences with prepositions was made up by John Dryden in 1672. (He did, by the way, give no explanation or defense of this rule.) I appreciate Myrrdin's attempt to sound more archaic by avoiding colloquialisms, but with all due respect, fronting prepositions is not and never has been a real rule. So, i respectfully suggest that you replace the phrase with "What are you thinking of/about" or even with the alternatives such as "What's on your mind" or "what are you pondering?"
Having read your story at 8ish in the morning,
On Jun 14, 2012, at 11:02 AM, Emil wrote:
Having eaten Raisin Bran at 8ish your time,
The world of writing rules is a hazy one, especially nowadays in the internet age. Copy editors are needed more than ever to render corrections on a world rife with incorrections. People like Josh keep the world from degrading into an amalgam of unintelligible gibberish and general nonsense; without them, our communications, articles, and novels would be more a trial than a joy to read. So today's post goes out to editors: thank you for the work you do.