To my bucket list I added the reading of Fowler’s Modern English Usage (Pocket Edition). Is it too late to insist that I really am a very interesting guy?
I just can’t stand the thought of not finishing it. I used to feel the same way about encyclopedias, but then I was at an age I didn’t know or care about bucket lists. Those days I had plenty of time for everything to get done. As a result, I didn’t.
Today I am feeling a need to expand my limited time frame, but with English usage, not encyclopedias. Besides, Wikipedia expands exponentially.
What better way than to add Fowler’s to my bucket list? I am now on page twenty of what is a six hundred sixty-four page book. It will take me forever.
If you follow me to this point, I have a question which may sound incongruous. As a writer, I can see the need for reading Modern English Usage, but when I arrived at the word “adjective”, Fowler’s referred me to Greenbaum’s Oxford English Grammar.
By the time I read through Fowler’s take on adjectives, I no longer grasped why I cared about a whole book on grammar. The question I have for writers is, do you ever refer to a grammar book? How often and why?