The Pond of Gylieu,
Charles Francois Daubigny,
The Cincinnati Art Museum.
The picture above shows a road leading down to a ford. Before automobiles proliferated, such water crossings were common. They still are in those parts of the world without our convenient transportation infrastructure.
But it makes me wonder if some images, references, similies and metaphors drawn from the natural world and our older accommodations with its environmental imperatives such as "fording a river" (or the older "the northern marches") have entirely lost their resonance -- simply because many people have never done so.
And, speaking of automobiles -- which leads to the price of gas -- someone sent me this:
Lipton ice tea: 16 oz. at $1.29 = $9.52 per gallon.
Evian water: 9 oz. at $1.49 = $21.19 per gallon.
Peptol bismol: 4 oz. at $3.85 = $123.20 per gallon.
Printer ink = $5,200 per gallon.
I hope his muffler falls off.
While editing, I came across two incidents of eye-squinching homonym misuse: break instead of brake, and breech instead of breach. Geesus, I hate that. Because I know better. Can I blame the internet?
I do wonder if daily reading of the quick 'n careless tends to blur one's faculties and to erode one's grammatical precision. How many times does one read a redundancy like refer back ( my pet hate) or recall back before these slip with sly ubiquity into one's own prose?
MoonDear, aka Moonrat of Editorial Ass, to Celebrate Reading hosts a number of guest bloggers this month with reviews of books that have influenced her guests's lives in sweet and wonderful ways.