Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It's Lolly's Fault

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Remember these guys?

Maybe this dates me, but I still have Lolly in my head all these years later. So. I say my use of adverbs is all Lolly's fault.

When I was under his spell, I even forced my kids to watch this once. They were like: What's the big deal, Mom?

Right. What's the big deal? I mean: What's the big deal? Are you kidding me?

Adverbs are a big deal.

Since adverbs were burned into my brain with this song, I've become a demented woman. I now have to walk around the house all day muttering my manuscript like a verbal minesweeper. Those darn adverbs are buried everywhere, and they can sneak up on a girl, you know.

Way back when, F. Scott Fitzgerald didn't have to worry, but now a days? They're even editing him into print. How can you make The Great Gatsby greater? Answer: Get rid of some adverbs.

So it seems even the greats are guilty, and I should just suck it up and sniff out every ly Lolly slipped into my word doc.

You haven't seen School House Rock? Well, here's Lolly for you then. But I warn you, once you watch this clip, it will haunt you forever.


10 comments:

Sarah said...

My two children are crawling all over me right now because they heard this playing and came running! I don't remember this one as well as the Sesame Street song, but it's a good one!

Connie Keller said...

I love SchoolHouse Rock. I learned more grammar from it than I ever did in school. We bought the DVD of all the songs when the kids were little, and now all of us can sing "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here." And "Conjunction, junction, what's your function?" Family bonding at it's best. :)

Matthew MacNish said...

I don't dare watch that video. I'll be singing that song from the top of my lungs from the moment I get home if I do.

Old Kitty said...

I have no idea what this cartoon is about!! I need to be home to watch this as I'm most intrigued! Yay!! Take care
x

LTM said...

BAH!!! How can you make Great Gatsby greater... *snort* love you~ <3

Vicki Rocho said...

OMG, I started singing the song the minute I read your post title. Now it won't leave me alone! Lolly lolly lolly get your adverbs....

ARRRRRRRRRGH

Pat Hatt said...

Now you got one song out of my head and put this one in..haha..thanks and no thanks..haha

Liz Fichera said...

Oy. I remember. Bigger question: Do you remember Zoom?? :)

Natalie said...

I pulled up school house rock when Lauren was learning Nouns (and we sang along again and again and again).

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