I suppose as education goes, I had a fairly good one.
I attended a normal school where we had the shite kicked out of us every day. Rulers, canes and The Leather were the order of the day, and we wore our bruises with pride.
By the time I left school. I knew such things as the capital of Iceland, and how glaciers change the landscape. I could speak Irish and English and I was a cracker at mental arithmetic.
I didn’t particularly enjoy English as a subject. I didn’t hate it by any means, but I preferred geography and physics. It certainly wasn’t as bad as Latin which was the greatest pain in the hole.
My love of language comes not from the teaching, but rather from my love of books. However, while books may increase the vocabulary, there are certain basic elements that apparently have to be taught.
I was taught the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’re’ and ‘there’. I know when to use ‘its’ and when to use ‘it’s’. I know the difference between ‘man’s’ and ‘mans’’.
All in all, I know the essentials of punctuation, EXCEPT for the damned colon and semi-colon.
What the fuck do you do with them? Where do I use a semi-colon; and where do I use a colon?
I know the colon is pretty handy when it comes to making smileys, and The Interweb wouldn’t work if we used HTTP//, but where does it fit in everyday writing?
I need help on this one.
I must have missed that day when they taught it.
I was probably behind the bicycle shed being touched up by the French teacher.