March 28, 2013

I thought this was blog worthy

I get mixed up by bear and bare. Mormons use the term often in the context of "bear/bare your testimony." People around my neck of the woods also like to talk about the right to "bear/bare arms." Which ever word I use, it feels wrong. Unless I'm talking about nekkid bears. Which I never am. (Well, except for right now.)

Put some clothes on. That ribbon hides nothing.

Bear arms or bare arms? (Don't even think about bare shoulders, though. Bear shoulders are ok to think about, but there's probably at least one topic more deserving of your attention.) Bear testimony? (Jim Halpert will testify that black bears are best.) Or bare testimony? Obviously we are talking about verbs, not nouns. To define "to bear" you need to know if you plan to use it with or without an object.

(Tangental rant about kids today: I used to run a weekly creative writing group at work. Anyone could come, there'd be some silly prompt or word game. One time, we played mad libs. Five people showed up. Only two people (including me) knew what nouns, adjectives, and verbs were. Not to mention crazy things like prepositions. These people were college students. They had graduated high school only about a year ago and did not know about nouns. These people are out there. Walking around, existing in society. Completely unaware that they are verbing all over the place.)

Back to bears. (Finally.) You know. I'm still distracted by that grammar memory. Imagine a 20-year-old asking you, "What's a noun?" It's a hard thing to recover from. Things like nouns and verbs are common knowledge, right? It's not just because I was an English major, or because I spent the last seven years quality testing early children's readings software, right? I need some reassurance. Then I can worry about bears.

Here, watch a video about apostrophes. I really hope you already know this, but... just in case. (Also, this is one of my favorite songs. It helps cheer me up. That pig is so heroic.)


Jilly said...

That pig is not a bear nor is he bare, but I STILL don't know if he's baring his testimony of apostrophes or if he is bearing it.


Jamie said...

I'm 99% sure it's "bear." You use bear for "bearing children" (well not noun bears, if that makes sense AND IT BETTER) and "bearing weight." You also use bear for going a certain way "bear west." "Bear out" is a phrase which means to confirm. So I guess bearing a testimony is bearing out (confirming) certain facts.

But I prefer bare. I like the idea that baring your testimony is stripping away to your core beliefs, presenting them naked before your congregation. But it doesn't matter that I like it. It's wrong.

Jilly said...

Phew, glad I know.

Elise said...

LOL. I love you. And your blog. And people should know what nouns are--college students or not.

I think you're right that it's bear. You know. But whaddoikno.