Janelle Said Share this:TwitterFacebookPrintPinterestTumblrEmailLike this:Like Loading... 2 thoughts on “Janelle Said” Add yours You’ve been featuring a series of quotes about writing. Here’s one I really like a lot, and I think you will like it also. Sentences are always literal, no matter how much some writers abhor the idea of being literal. In fact, nothing good can begin to happen in a writer’s education until that sinks in. Your opinion of what your sentence means is always overruled by what your sentence literally says. — Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times, September 24, 2012 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That’s an interesting quote. I’ll take it further: often, what your sentence means and what it literally says is overruled by what the reader thinks it means, and then what the reader says it means. Words and their meanings are simultaneously fungible, concrete, and abstract, you know? LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.