I’m going to write.

There are two words I can’t quite bring myself to use and feel good about: it’s and like.

For example, it’s like freezing outside.

What exactly is “it’s” referring to? The temperature would be the most likely candidate, but why do we feel the need to speak this way? There isn’t much intelligence ascribed to that sentence, because there’s very little structure to it. Protip: don’t use “it” in place of a subject you have yet to introduce.

Secondly, the temperature is not “like freezing” it is below freezing. But I’ll not delve into using the freezing-point of water as an atmospheric indicator.

If you would like us to be interested in your description of the weather, perhaps recount how it made you feel, or a specific instance in which you felt particularly chilled. We’re suckers for human interest stories, just look at what shows up being aired as “news”.

Anyone else think that news is an atrocious adnoun?


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