24 Mar 2015
Azlina Bulmer, programmes and development manager at our banking partner Charity Bank, debunks the falsehoods...
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Celina Ribeiro unleashes her non-conventional fury at the grammatical faux pas of convention...
I had thought this would ease with time, but I was wrong.
I was going to keep quiet, but Jonathon Grapsas' new blog post has unleashed the fury. Be warned: it is a trivial fury.
Last year I was disoriented in the weeks leading up to the Institute of Fundraising National Convention as people would constantly farewell me with adieus such as "see you at Convention". They would say things like "the lunch queues are very long at Convention", "I met my third husband at Convention" and the like.
Never would they use the word "the".
Has our time become so sparse that now we have to abandon the word "the" in basic conversation I wondered? But this hip-shortening was omnipresent. Although it is a convention, noone ever referred to it as the convention. Just convention. Always.
Let me here and now wage a campaign for the word "the". As far as I can gather, the word 'Convention' is a noun. I have even been so generous in this blog as to make it a proper noun. And, as a noun - proper or otherwise - Convention demands a definite article. It demands "the".
I have now used the word "the" 11 times in this blog, thus proving my point that it is a critical feature of the English language. In our frenzied lead up to three days of seminars, 'Inspiration Shows' and buffet lunches, let us not abandon that which makes our language a thing of beauty. Let us together make a stand for "the".
24 Mar 2015
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