Conscious Streaming [socs]

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Co-ed is a term you don’t hear very often these days. It always seemed insulting to me, a code to treat someone dismissively. Why not call college females “students” same as we do males? Nope, it was part of our constant obsession with labels. We still have that compulsion. Different ones now, but even so, we can’t quit consigning people to boxes. Not all are bad, of course, but I prefer mine to be filled with cookies not people. Should there be a comma after cookies? I generally err on the side of fewer is better so as not to drive my readers into a punctuation coma. But if you’re a comma cop, I can concur with the concept of including one there. Whew! I could have used a second cup of coffee today, though that’s a moot point now since this will post tomorrow while I’m cocooned in my cozy bed. Hopefully my lovely readers across the pond and on the East Coast will have checked in before I see it again. Note that I generally don’t comma off starter adverbs either unless I want the reader to take a dramatic pause. It may not seem as though there’s a method to my cornucopia of madness, but I assure you nothing is coincidental.

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26 responses to “Conscious Streaming [socs]

  1. You would have a field day on my stuff. Far too many commas. Far too many grammatical errors.

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  2. ‘we can’t quit consigning people to boxes. Not all are bad, of course, but I prefer mine to be filled with cookies not people. ‘
    I love this !

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  3. I once wrote a post about labels. We are obsessed with them. I had no thought about that old use of co-ed in a long time.

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  4. Cee whiz!
    I agree, labels are for cans and boxes for cookies or cupcakes.

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  5. I agree with you that this world is too obsessed with labels. I would like to see more of identifying each other by our inner beauty instead of outer labels! Great write Paula! ❤

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  6. I had an English professor who said you can’t have too many commas. I’m not sure that’s the case, but if you think adding a comma helps make the sentence easier to understand, put it in. And personally, I could care less about the Oxford Comma…

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    • Funny! While I avoid (what I consider) overuse, I like the Oxford in lists to avoid confusion.

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      • Just had a thought re “co-ed”: colleges used to be separated for men and women well into the ’60’s. When the men’s colleges started admitting women, they were said to be “co-educational” or “co-ed.” Somehow the term got applied to the women that attended the men’s colleges. At least that’s what I heard…

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      • That is correct! But only female students were called “co-eds.” It sounded demeaning, as if they weren’t real students…

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  7. Excellent post Paula so many co’s and I do love the word Cornucopia such a special word 💜💜💜

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  8. Great look at the prompt, Paula. We seem so fixated on checking boxes and giving people the right label — it can really throw people off.

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  9. Comma after cookies . . . ? I think. I would have. I think the Oxford comma is clunky in cases where it is clearly not needed,and could be omitted. Favorite usage book title: Eats shoots and leaves. Is it a panda having dinner, or Al Pacino making a hit in a diner?
    I confess here and now that my rule about commas is what I think looks and sounds right while still maintaining clarity. I have a problem with clarity, however–there are times when I don’t see ambiguity but it is indeed there.

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  10. No idea why my blogspot comments don’t work.

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