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The way we say the things we say

While videos are very handy for learning, some of the DIY craft tutorials on YouTube make me cringe.  I'm not the most eloquent of speakers, I know, but listening to the monologues on some these videos produces much the same cringing sensation I get when biting down on grit. If you are going to teach someone something, at least know your basic technical terms. Frex, it is a crochet "hook," not a crochet "stick." Yes, when you crochet, you do form a type of "knot," but most people call them "stitches"...

On the other hand, if you are trying to write some authentic dialogue and speech tics, just pick a few random tutorials and I'm sure you will be served.

I should take notes myself because I struggle with finding characters' voices...  Where I come from, people say either "what it looks like," or "how it looks;" they do not say, "how it looks like." I wouldn't think to put words in that particular order, but someone did, and a character could, too.

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frigg
Feb. 27th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
*LOL*

I had no idea it bugged you *this* much.
sunflower_sky
Feb. 28th, 2011 08:14 am (UTC)
Hmm. That would probably be because "what it looks like" and "how it looks" are grammatically correct, whereas "how it looks like" is not.

Though characters are exempt from grammatical correctness...

Heck. I still actually try to avoid ending sentences with propositions.

~D
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