I’m just gonna kind’a fudge this one for now. Almost completely a placeholder post.
I’m sure while we were in the Lower Gila Box Wilderness north of Lordsburg, we slathered philosophy, talked various and sundry topics to death, and took a veritable plethora of photographs.
Oh, by the way, “plethora” and “myriad” are not interchangeable. We might have taken “a plethora” of photos, or we might have taken “myriad photos” (but not “a myriad of” photos).
More and more often I’m seeing “myriad” with “a” in front of it, and it’s really annoying. It’s like when a weather forcaster says it “likely” will rain. (He means “probably”)
So anyway, there’s that.
We should be getting home today, unless a plane fell on the truck or something, in which case this will be my last post. (grin)
But if it isn’t, well, then maybe I’ll add something to it after I get back. Or maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll get all lazy and just wait ’til tomorrow to resume my antics.
So for now I’m gonna let it go as-is.
Back on Monday, April 3.
Today, and Writing
I’ll resume this segment when I get back.
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Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 240 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 240
Writing of The Pyramid Killer
Day 1…… 0978 words. Total words to date…… 978
Day 2…… 3630 words. Total words to date…… 4608
Day 3…… 3764 words. Total words to date…… 8372
Day 4…… 3826 words. Total words to date…… 12198
Day 5…… 2521 words. Total words to date…… 14719
Day 6…… 4109 words. Total words to date…… 18828
Day 7…… 5401 words. Total words to date…… 24229
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX
Total fiction words for the month……… 56690
Total fiction words for the year………… 208556
Total nonfiction words for the month… 540
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 57880
Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 266436
2 thoughts on “The Journal, Sunday, 4/2”
I was intrigued by your comment on the use of “myriad”, since in French it is the exact opposite: “myriade” is only a noun (“une myriade de” is the equivalent of “a myriad of”), and can’t be used as an adjective.
After looking it up (in several different dictionaries), it seems that in fact both usages are perfectly valid in English. The noun usage is actually older, dating back to the 16th century. Here is the reference from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
I suspect in (American) English the two words have become synonymous because it’s easier to make them synonymous than to teach proper usage. Today, many American teachers believe “infer” and “imply” are synonymous. Most dictionaries also say “likely” and “probably” are synonymous. When Daniel Webster said proper use is dictated by use on the street, I don’t think he foresaw the dumbing down that’s been going on for the past few decades. Sigh.
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