C – English is my first language and I thought I knew it well but, since I started writing, the vast chasm between speaking properly and writing properly has me tottering on the edge of literacy. I doubt myself constantly – Elements of Style is never far from my side. Grammar Girl is my constant online companion. Discussions with co-workers about the proper use of good vs well are not uncommon and, amazingly enough, actually interesting! Our language is so complex, varied, and inconsistent almost every writer needs reference materials and moral support. Fortunately, the internet provides us with reassurance – occasionally we do put the commas in the right place. This punctuation anxiety is just the cosmic love/hate relationship we have with our mother tongue .
I should have taken Latin in school. The origin of words is fascinating, but the spelling of words is horrifying. Every time I write, I’m so glad English is not my second language. If it was, I would be lost. And, every time I write, I thank God for spell check.
What is your cosmic reference material?