July 6th, 2004

wri ting

I used to think of myself as a good writer, but I don't really anymore--I still like the bits of wacky wordplay I used to write, but I feel like my ordinary writing is kind of clumsy.

Still, I usually think that I'm good at the mechanics of writing--spelling, grammar, punctuation. I'm generally good at getting things like that right without thinking about it, and I never use spell checkers.

However, a couple of years ago, I discovered to my horror that I consistently wrote something wrong: some more. I always used to write it as somemore--probably by analogy to somewhere, somehow, sometime, etc.

This may seem like a minor thing, but I've always assumed that my linguistic reflexes were correct, so finding out that I've been getting such a basic thing wrong all my life was rather disturbing.

Now it's getting worse: I just found myself using "any more" when I should have used "anymore". I can't tell whether this is really wrong, or just bad style, though. I know it's wrong to say "*I don't want anymore cheese", but is it wrong to say "I don't like him any more" (as opposed to "I don't like him anymore")?