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July 08, 2013

Opinion

Narrative stress: it's not you, it's me

typing-laptop.jpgYou know how you feel annoyed when you read an opinion piece about language in The Guardian? Well, this one will really tick you off?!

THE GUARDIAN: The second-person narrative has become the red trousers of the blogging world – initially endearing, it's now just irritating.

You know when you start a story, "You know when you", and you end up staring at the blank faces of people who never forget to put on deodorant or who don't have favourite mugs for different times of the day? They look at you with wonder or faint disgust, perhaps they edge back to the buffet, or remember a prior engagement. It's embarrassing. You've put yourself out there, shared something you thought was a universal experience, only to be reminded that you are uniquely clumsy, rude or unfortunate.

Or maybe you don't. Maybe this has never happened to you. You, after all, are probably someone I've never met, and to assume we are in any way alike is to misunderstand the breadth of the internet, of the world, of humanity.

Read the full article from The Guardian.

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