College, of course, was a different story: I downed bottles of Boone’s Strawberry Hill, vomited out car windows, and...actually, I’ll just keep that story to myself. I guess we all go a little crazy at first with our newfound freedoms, but then after one too many hangovers, we learn to embrace hydration and moderation.
I am actually still in the process of learning moderation with one newfound freedom: the ability to start a sentence with and or but. I always thought it was a grammar no-no to start a sentence with and or but, but I’ve been reading up on this stuff, and apparently it’s just another urban legend.
According to this article, starting a sentence with and or but can be useful for the following reasons:
• It maintains an easy, conversational style.
• It preserves a link between sentences, whilst still delivering in a short, punchy vein.
• It reduces the need for long, wordy compound sentences.
As soon as I heard this, I went a little crazy with it. It might not seem that way to you as you read this, but that’s because Emily proofreads this and makes me delete most of them.
My liver wishes it could have had Emily around to delete some of my past excesses.