In case you all are wondering about the pic on the left, it was one of the first that came up on a photo search for “cat biting shoe” on a site I use. For whatever reason, not one pic on the first page of that search had an actual cat biting a shoe, oddly enough. This was cute, though, so I decided to post it as a nice alternative.
On to the actual topic, which is the word “seriously”. A couple of weeks ago I read a blog post someone wrote about clichés that should not be used in writing. The word “seriously” came up on their list and for whatever reason this bothered me. It has lingered in my mind ever since as the person (whose blog I can’t even remember anymore since I subscribe to several dozen) ranted for some time on this one word and how much they hated it. So I’ve been monitoring how often it is used for both TV and books. Just last Thursday on Vampire Diaries I heard Caroline use it (she actually says it a lot). Today I was watching a re-run of House and he said it. Does this make the word bad to use in a book? In my opinion, NO!
Do we honestly have to cut out every single common word used in the English language so as to avoid an overused term? How many people really do have a problem seeing and/or hearing this word? Now, I am willing to concede using it too much in narrative might be over the top, but using once or twice in a novel for dialog shouldn’t be a problem. That is how people talk and dialog should be true to life (within reason since some slang makes speech impossible to keep up with). Some of you may be wondering if “seriously” is in anything I wrote? No, it isn’t, to be honest. I ran a search and checked, but I do use it in real life. Therefore, it is only natural that situations may arise in the future where it would fit in my storylines.
This has led me to title my blog post the way I did and show my loyalty to the word. Yes, it is technically an adverb, which gives it an extra grammar no-no, but I don’t care. I’ve got my own pet peeves in writing, but I don’t expect everyone else in the world to avoid them to please me. Sorry if this bothers anyone, but I hope you’ll understand there are some things that we have to get off our chests when it doesn’t seem to be going away on its own.
Now, here is your chance. Is there a grammar rule you like to break or cliché word/phrase you like to use that makes you a rebel? Go ahead, admit it, I won’t judge you.
~ by Suzie on February 22, 2012.