I've never much cared for verbs. I'm
an adjective kind of guy.
This morning I came across a quote from one of my favorite authors,
Lewis Carroll. I don't have many favorite authors, but Lewis Carroll is
one of them because of his wonderful word play. You're probably
thinking, "What quote?" aren't you? I will get to that after I submit to
you my reasons for my abject hatred of verbs.
Verbs are nasty things. They has a nasty, vile temper. They is always
angry and disagreeable and they has to agree or they doesn't work. What
kind of nonsense is that? You can't say "You done good." Done do not
agree with "you" or "good" - I'm confused about which, but nonetheless,
the verb don't agree. Most verbs doesn't agree naturally, they needs to
be coddled. Why are verbs so disagreeable? Because, they are nasty,
arrogant, things, that's why. I really hates verbs. I can tolerate
Grammarians and English teachers has saddled us poor, confused goombas
with all sorts of rules for verbs and they does this just to confuse us.
If verbs wasn't so disagreeable by nature, we wouldn't need English
teachers or grammarians.
So, let's see: We has transitive and intransitive verbs. We has passive
and active verbs. Verbs are so uptight they is tense. Not just tense,
their tenseness have levels. A good back rub won't help a verb relax.
They has all sorts of tense levels - past, perfect, future,
past-perfect, future-perfect, and so on. When I'm tense, I'm just plain
perfectly tense. Verbs? Not so much. They are so arrogant they has
different levels of tenseness.
It was bad enough that verbs was nasty, arrogant, and touchy when I were
in school, but now it's even worse. I just looked up verbs by googling
(that's a new verb) verbs. Now I see they has added a whole new category
of tenseness - past perfect continuous tense, present perfect continuous
tense, future perfect continuous tense - what's with all this verb
tenseness? I'd like to give every verb I've ever met a couple of Ativan
tablets and have them tell me what kind of tense they feel. I bet they'd
be as relaxed and fun-loving my old jolly adjectives.
Verbs stinks, to be blunt. I doesn't likes them. In fact I hates them. I
hates to use the word "hate" because it's a verb - and I do know that
the second and third "hate" in this sentence is not verbs. Ha! I'm not
as dumb as you think, huh?
You'd think they'd call people who love verbs "verbose" but you can't
because "verbose" is an adjective that doesn't mean "one who loves
I bet societies who use a lot of verbs has a higher percentage of people
with RLS - Restless Leg Syndrome. I know that whenever I encounters a
writer who use lots of verbs my legs twitch a lot. I bet societies who
uses tons of verbs also have a lot of children with learning disorders.
Verbs makes my brain want to shut down. Who wants to hear their English
teacher drone on about past perfect continuous tense and verb
agreements? Why doesn't verbs just want to get along? Why doesn't they
wants to agree naturally? Because they is bellicose by nature, that's
why! They is cranky, contentious, grumpy curmudgeons left over from Olde
English teachers loves verbs because they can fill up a lot of class
time discussing the cantankerous nature of disagreeable verbs.
I really does hates verbs. They makes me think too hard and gives me too
many headaches. I says let's gets rid verbs and cleans up the English
language once and for all.
Oh! I almost forget. You wants to know who gots me started on all this?
Lewis Carroll, that's who!
"They've a temper, some of them -- particularly verbs, they're the
proudest -- adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs --
however, I can manage the whole lot of them!" ( Humpty-Dumpty in
Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass".)
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