Friday, January 15, 2016

TIME TO CONSIDER BIRGIT'S GRAMMATICAL CONCERN

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

As I gradually make my way through the grammar questions you're asked me on TIP TUESDAY, I remind you that you are welcome to email me with questions at dumpedfirstwife@gmail.com.

Of course, if you want to know what to wear to the Bar Mitzvah, then you should ask fishducky. I shall accept questions and concerns that have to do with grammar.

This comment is from my beloved Birgit, who blogs at BB Creations:

Too funny:) Asshat-hahahaaaa. I think what you are giving to the writers of the world is great! I am still wondering about to/too. I know to go to...and that is too much but what about if I say "me to" or is it me too? In other words...when I end the sentence with to/too?? I think it is to but not sure. OK now I will read what you wrote the day before:) 

I realize Birgit's question/comment might not make sense because it's taken out of context, but who doesn't like the word asshat?

Birgit wants to know if she should end a sentence with me to or me too when she is in agreement with someone or has done something the other person did, and it better be something nice, Birgit, you bad girl.

The answer to your question, Birgit, is me too.


too
to͞o/
adverb
  1. 1.
    to a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible; excessively.
    "he was driving too fast"
    synonyms:excessivelyoverlyover, unduly, immoderately, inordinately,unreasonably,
     extremely, exorbitantly, very;
    informaltoo-too
    "invasion would be too risky"
  2. 2.
    in addition; also.
    "is he coming too?"
    synonyms:also, as well, in addition, additionally, into the bargain, besides,furthermoremoreover, on top of that, to boot, likewise
    "he was unhappy, too, you know"


It's the second definition that's of concern to you, Birgit; however, I must add a caveat. It's not always "me too." It can be "me, too."

This situation is one of those iffy times when you get to choose whether to use the comma.

I usually use the comma because I believe it adds clarity.

I prefer

I, too, enjoy carpool karaoke.

I think it's clearer than

I too enjoy carpool karaoke.

Me, too. 

As much as I want to visit all the Battle of the Bands tonight, it's not going to happen because I'm tired. I shall try to visit tomorrow. 

Because my battle features Jimmy Fallon, and because we've had too much sadness this week, let's enjoy Jimmy Fallon again, and if you don't like it, Pickleope, then say so nicely. No snide remarks allowed.








I laugh, wildly and hysterically, every time I see this video.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

20 comments:

  1. I never knew that the comma could be added to "me, too"! I learned something new today!

    I find these posts very helpful, Janie! I hope you do keep them up. At some point later I have a question and I'll e-mail you.

    Love,
    Jessica

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    1. I'm glad they help you. English grammar confuses many people.

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  2. This one is not too hard for me. I like the comma included, too. ;)

    I saw The Doors in Minneapolis when I was in high school. Now if Fallon had a mic stand he was humping drunk it would have taken me right back there--ROFL! ;)

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    1. You never told me before that you saw The Doors! That is so exciting. I used to know someone who saw them at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go.

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    2. It was not a good performance. He was wasted. But I was still absolutely enthralled. Patricia brought binoculars and even with a little slurring--it was Morrison!

      The best performance I saw (not that I saw many) was Jimi Hendrix--OMG! He was spectacular! What a showman! Fabulous!!

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    3. Mr. Wooters and I are quite jealous.

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  3. Re what to wear to the Bar Mitzvah: Just don't wear that schmata you wore to the last one--it's a piece of drek!!

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  4. Thank you so much for explaining this to me. I, too, like men in leather pants...as long as they are not creepy and fat. Jimmy Fallon is so gifted

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    1. You're welcome. Jimmy Fallon is great.

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  5. Okay, I cannot go on denying my grammatical shame: I am a notorious comma-splicer (and probably misuser of dashes). Is there hope for me, Janie? Can I ever hold my head high in pleasant society?

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    1. Hang down your head, Cherdo Dooley. You're a lost cause.

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  6. You love the word asshat? Me, too!!!! Lol It reminds me of my favorite show, Supernatural. :)

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    1. I can't remember where I learned it. I know I didn't invent it.

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  7. I've loved this for years! Jimmy Fallon is a genius when it comes to stuff like this!

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  8. asshat is such a cool word! Good to know the definition for TOO. I, too, use it unwisely, and usually without a coma. Gotta leave something for the crit partners and editors to slash through, right?

    That was a fun video :)

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    1. Do as you please, my dear. Make the world conform to your desires. I make up all this grammar crap anyway.

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  9. I tend to leave the comma off of "me too" but will include them in "i, too, love cats." Weird? Probably.

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