He’s totally right; there is no room in the closet. I have so many clothes. I love buying clothes. I love receiving clothes. I just love clothes. I love them so much it’s hard for me to get rid of them. I try cleaning out my closet, but it’s usually not all that cleansing. (But overalls might come back into style. But I wore that on our first date. I might contract mono and lose five pounds and fit into those again. I should save that dress for the daughter I don’t have). I know that my hoarding is completely counter-productive. When I do clean out my closet (or try to), I always rediscover awesome clothes I forgot I had because they were sandwiched between an unworn t-shirt I won two years ago at a work raffle and a faded black top.
As much as I love clothes, I love the written word. I love reading, I love writing, I love words. However, unlike clothes from my closet, I relish cutting superfluous words out of my and my students’ writing. It’s so satisfying to clean out sentences. It makes the writing so much stronger and the really great words stand out so much more. So, imagine my excitement when I ran across this sentence while grading:
The reason why pot should be legal is because we can tax it and raise money.
(Sure, that’s why she wants it to be legal.)
This sentence is so exciting because there are at least two words I can cut.
The definition of why is the reason for, so I don’t need both reason and why. Let’s cut why, leaving us with:
The reason pot should be legal is because we can tax it and raise money.
But, because also means the reason for, so again I am doubling up on the word reason. You know what that means? We also get to cut because:
The reason pot should be legal is we can tax it and raise money.
Or, we can cut reason and keep because:
Pot should be legal because we can tax it and raise money.
Or, we can cut the crap and be honest:
Pot should be legal because then I wouldn’t have to rely on my dodgy dealer.