Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 4

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 4th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on my old blog on September 4, 2014.

Preposition Precision

“How often do you get to (or have to) be awake for sunrise?” This is the question posed in Daily Prompt a few days back.

I’m not sure how to answer that question because I’m not sure what the question really is. Is it asking how often I get up for sunrise? Or how often I get up at sunrise? What about by sunrise? Before sunrise?

You may think I’m being petty, but I’m not. These are important distinctions. If one gets up for sunrise, that means he or she is getting up for a specific purpose. In this case, that specific purpose is to experience the sunrise.

But if someone gets up at sunrise, by sunrise, or before sunrise, it just might mean that, like me, he or she is an early riser. Most mornings I am usually up atby, or sometimes even before sunrise. On rare occasions, I can sleep to well after sunrise.

But getting up for sunrise is a different story. I can’t remember the last time I specifically got up for a sunrise. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever woken up specifically for a sunrise.

So precision in prepositions is very important.

  • “When was the last time you sat in a car?” is a different question than “when was the last time you sat on a car?”
  • Doing something for someone else is very different than doing something to someone else.
  • Being on the inside is not the same as being on the outside.
  • Looking up to someone is not the same as looking down at someone.

So due to the lack of precision and clarity in the question, I have decided not to participate in today’s Daily Prompt.

28 thoughts on “Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 4

  1. Mister Bump UK September 4, 2020 / 3:47 am

    The one thing I picked up so far is that WP is full of insomniacs. I suspect most of us know sunrise pretty well, whether by design or not!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Sadje September 4, 2020 / 4:14 am

    Well these are important distinctions. Sometimes the questions are so ambiguous that one doesn’t know how to make sense of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 4, 2020 / 10:30 am

      I think WordPress is doing everything it can to discourage us casual bloggers so they can focus on their business/commercial users.

      Liked by 1 person

      • annieasksyou September 4, 2020 / 12:23 pm

        Actually, I figured this one out. My phone got hacked, so I had to erase everything and start all over. So I must now reintroduce myself to all the bloggers I’ve been following.

        A mere touch of personal chaos to match that of the cosmos!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Fandango September 4, 2020 / 1:36 pm

          Yikes. That’s really unfortunate.

          Like

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    • Fandango September 4, 2020 / 10:56 am

      Ha! Well, I wrote this six years ago, way before SLS or when I met you on WordPress!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. rugby843 September 4, 2020 / 10:23 am

    Hmmm.  I just got this so disregard my previous response…🙃

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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