I have a degree in English. It's not like I actually use this degree in my daily work life. Quite the opposite actually. I work at an ad agency, but not the fun creative, copywriting, artistic side of advertising. Nope. I'm the boring media buyer who deals in rates and circulations and cost per points and gross rating points. I'm surrounded by numbers all day. I hate numbers. I'm more of a word girl.
I found this picture here. It made me laugh.
So I guess that's why I love it here. I get to write and it helps keep my relatively unused English degree from getting moldy. I might not always be the most grammatically correct person in the world -- I'm often in desperate need of a proofreader to fix my butchering of punctuation. And I'm unconditionally and irrevocably in love with the dot-dot-dot. Love... It... (I also recently realized that my mother is also a big fan of the ellipsis. I wonder if writing styles are hereditary...)
But alas, I didn't intend on giving you the fucking history of my writing life. There seems to be a debate brewing and I want to get your feelings on it. It's a phrase we've most likely all used at one time or another and never gave it a second thought.
A whole nother.
What the mother fuck is a "nother"?
It even looks weird. Like someone misspelled "mother."
I've done a bit of research on the subject. Some of these new fangled websites, like Wiktionary defines it as: (informal, proscribed) An entirely different; an itensified version of another. And dictionary.com also lists it as an actual word: Informal. a whole nother, an entirely different; a whole other. But then again, dictionary.com lists "bootylicious" as a real word. The day it was decided this word could be listed in the dictionary, my IQ dropped a few points.
A grammar guidelines blog I recently came across says this:
"Nother" is not a word. To correct this error, you could use "another," "a whole other," "a completely different," "an entirely different," etc.
And then I hear some real grammar-nazi types use it, or a local radio talk show host, or myself and it makes me want to stab someone. With a nother. I often feel it coming and try to head it off at the pass. My goal is to eradicate the "nother". I have nothing against making up new words when there's no other word that can express what your trying to say. Google, for instance, is an acceptable new word for me.
This is where you guys come in? What are your thoughts? Do you use it? Do you despise it? Does it make you want to jam a sharp stick into your eardrum so you never have to hear it again? I needz help, yo!
And now for your treat... a new Bel Ami trailer... if you haven't already watched is 843 times. Pay close attention at 1:55 -- I had to pause, stare and drool. I can't wait to see that boy in action. You're welcome.