Posted by: Jack Henry | February 17, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Interjections!

I learned that interjections were one of the eight parts of speech. The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage ignores them outside of mentioning that they are “like asides or commentaries that are not really part of the actual grammar of a sentence.” For example (interjections in bold):

· Jumpin’ Jehosaphat! Who put that tack on my chair?

· Hey, that wasn’t very nice.

· No! I will not accompany you to Burning Man.

Considering how much I like to spice up our language with a salty interjection now and then, I am still including it in our parts of speech.

Here is your daily dose of the ‘70s, with Schoolhouse Rock’s version of interjections: Halleluiah!

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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