Summit Up 10-10-12: Letting you have it on 10-10
October 9, 2012
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is soaking in the fact that it is the 10th day of the 10th month of the year. We’re kind of kicking ourselves right now that we didn’t realize the enormity of the situation two years prior. Oh, what we could have done with the little numerical gem that was 10-10-10. Instead, we just wistfully look back at another lost opportunity.
On a happier note, we received an email from one
of our good, ol’ friends of Summit Up, Dan Taylor of Wildernest. Mr. Taylor had this to say:
“We grammarians lead a rather morose existence, for we see only errors: “less” instead of “fewer” with count nouns, “it’s” for “its” and vice versa, “however”” misused for “but,” and “lead” misconstrued as a simple past tense (it’s “led) even by a well-known Denver Post sportswriter. The list is seemingly endless. No wonder we are grumpy. Rare are the moments when we can enjoy felicitous expressions, finely wrought turns of phrase, or elegantly crafted sentences.
Thus it was with extreme pleasure and even gratitude that I learned, thanks to the excerpt from M. John Fayhee’s latest book in Friday’s (Sept. 21) SCENE, why I live on the ungrammatical Eagles Nest Court. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names has deprived such locative expressions of their rightful genetival ending, i.e., either apostrophe plus s for singulars or s plus apostrophe for plurals, on maps and marketing brochures. Ah, but not all is lost.
I picked up a highway map of Montana from a state tourist stop a few days ago but didn’t look at it until Saturday. Lo and behold there was “Bear’s Paw” National Historic Landmark, where Chief Joseph surrendered with that magnificent sentence, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” Thank you, Montana. Then Sunday I read a young friend’s blog wherein he questioned the absence of the apostrophe in Wyoming’s “Devils Tower,” which he intended to climb, grammatical or not.
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Coincidences are, to my mind, the puns of life, and for me to encounter the same grammatical issue on three successive days is joy untold. May the SDN continue to publish similarly arcane and fascinating pieces like that of Mr. Fayhee.”
Well, we are certainly proud that we can brighten one’s day with a few simple turns of phrase. It might not pay well, but the smiles on the faces of MILLIONS of SUMMIT UP READERS as they digest our daily musings.
MSUR: Do really think that you are the reason we smile?
SU: If not us, than what could be the root of all this jovial behavior? Everywhere we look these days residents of the High County seem to be abuzz with a sense of anticipation.
MSUR: Perhaps you have an inflated sense of self- worth. You do realize ski season is literally right around the corner and that sense of anticipation is surely brought on by the thought of powder days filling our heads as the temperatures continue to fall and ski areas throughout the county begin blowing snow.
SU: Way to cut us to the quick. With that, we out. Have a wonderful Wednesday.