When ‘about’ is the definite article, it can only ever be a partial introduction. And why a simple ‘hello’ should suffice…

I’ve never been entirely comfortable with the use of the word ‘about’, when it’s used to denote precisely what it is about to—

Or at the very least, ought to

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With very few exceptions, I’ll be neither the object of a particular thought or action, nor and woe beide, any feeling which might get the better of me and wind up clipped and airing itself for all to see. It’s use in this context is something I’ve always considered somewhat cold and improper. Nor do I, or at least wiln’t— to a point, consider myself to be the subject of anything published here. For a start, I’m far too dull and again, it feels like a prepostion too far and just, for the lack of a better word: unsatisfactory.

However, since there’s more to showing than telling and since my sensibilities on this matter should reveal more ‘about’ me than my favourite colour or shoe-size— I can’t help but feel a certain imbalance has been addressed. Besides, I’m all about the fun; not the confessional; especially since I’m declaring my reluctance to do something in order to state it and by doing so, it becomes almost impossible to avoid. That and many, many ‘nors’. Like I said, I’m all about the fun.

My character in that case can be found in my quirks, which are pretty evident; my D.N.A. in my tendancy to structure those quirks around em dashes and everything else, word-wrapped around them— quite possibly italised. Now, provided I’ve constructed that last phrase correctly, I think you’ll find Me:

Less about and more:

Metabout.

And that’s about as certain as I can be…

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2 thoughts on “When ‘about’ is the definite article, it can only ever be a partial introduction. And why a simple ‘hello’ should suffice…

  1. bloggingbyrgottier

    I love this post as it tells why you have a problem with a certain word, about. About does me no good either sometimes. I use it just to let others know a very bit of who I am so they get to know
    1 thing which is interests & you in general. Thanks & have a great day!
    Rodney

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    1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

      Thank you very much 😀 I could do this sort of post all day – I think after ten years of post-grad language work, you’re set for life with irritating word uses that others wouldn’t even begin to understand why!

      Reply

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