This will be the fifth year that my family has lived in the Puget Sound area. It is still a surprise each year when we finally get a sunny, warm weekend. It is almost as if something inside us loses hope that we will experience anything other than grey skies.
My goats literally kicked up their heels, or should I write "hooves," when I let them out to pasture today. But, the prancing was short-lived as they needed to get down to the work of filling their bellies with lush new grass. Can you imagine having to graze for a few hours each day to fill your belly...and then having to regurgitate that food and chew your cud for a few more hours? My goodness, that's a lot of work. I think I'll make myself a smoothie after I write this post.
The title of my blog post today is a tip of my hat to Dr. Maciej Bartkowski. While copyediting one of his recent blog posts, I became enamored with his use of American clichés. Actually, some prescriptivists might call it abuse of clichés. In my opinion, tired, old clichés could use a bit of roughing up. Dr. Bartkowski moved to the United States from Poland eight years ago. So, his use of English is fresh and flavored by his Eastern roots. In this particular blog post, I noticed that he flipped the words in two clichés. I found that it really helped to wake up my brain when I ran across a fresh arrangement of words. This adds life to his text. Many authors struggle with avoiding the rote, hoping to make their writing more dynamic. Newer speakers actually have a distinct advantage over the rest of us in this case. Yes, those of us with years of college-level English classes should be jealous. Here is the blog post for you to read; you may find the two flipped clichés yourself.
I recommend subscribing to Dr. Bartkowski's blog. He is a brilliant man with an important message -- that of empowering people to stand up to oppressive regimes through nonviolent conflict. I especially appreciate his recent focus on Ukraine. Dr. Bartkowski is the Senior Director of Education and Research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.