Friday, May 1, 2009

Hooked on Phonics

Adam is working late tonight, and won't be home for dinner. So here I sit in baggy sweats, eating chicken that is Kentucky fried, and drinking diet coke straight from the 2 liter bottle. Guys I fear I have found myself smack dab in the middle of a redneck relapse. If you have any heart at all, please come save me. Adam if you are reading this, this is completely YOUR FAULT. Just kidding.

I shouldn't be left alone, because when I'm alone my thoughts go off on really wild tangents. Like tonight when I spent more time than I will ever confess to thinking about vowels. Yes vowels of the "A,E,I,O,U and sometimes Y" variety. I suddenly realized I was clueless when it came to identifying a "Y" that is pretending to be a vowel. The Horrors! I decided there was no way my life could even have a chance of being fulfilling if I didn't figure out the "Sometimes Y" rule. So I googled it. Apparently there is a very active "Sometimes Y" controversy raging on the internet. Who knew?!? In the first camp you have the people who claim that "Y" is only a vowel when it makes a distinct vowel sound. The second camp doesn't give a flying fig newton if "Y' has a distinct sound or not, they say "Y" is only a vowel if there is no other vowel within a word. Camp A and Camp B are feuding like the Hatfield & McCoys, and I fear bloodshed.

Just in case you are wondering I agree with Camp B. I think "Y" is only a vowel when it is in an otherwise voweless word. And now I'm so passionate about the subject that I would totally participate in a Camp B dance-off ala West Side Story to prove myself triumphant over Camp A. I don't know if anyone else in the whole wide world really cares but me, but here are some examples of words that make "Y" a vowel: sky, spy, cry, my, why, and shy. Tonight the grammar teacher that lives inside me is very, very happy. Tomorrow I plan to diagram sentences.

365 days ago (give or take):
Feeling bad for walking through the common room while my suitemates were having a bible study, stubbing my toe, and then screaming "Oh Shit!" pretty loudly.
A really short entry, but that was a pretty funny night.

2 comments:

  1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who slips back into redneck behavior, like drinking straight out of the bottle, my son yelled at me last night for it... I argued the point that I'm the only one who drinks the diet pop anyway! As for Y... I've never really thought much about it...

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  2. Hahaha too funny!! I would've loved to have been there

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