English: Cartoon of George C. Scott as 'Scroog...
English: Cartoon of George C. Scott as ‘Scrooge’, starring in the 1984 television film ‘A Christmas Carol’. Nederlands: Een cartoon van George C. Scott als ‘Scrooge’ in de televisiefilm ‘A Christmas Carol’ uit 1984. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like writing, I am abysmal when it comes to grammar. To be more accurate I can’t give you the technical terms involved in proper grammar usage. Most of the time I know by looking if something is incorrect but if the reason goes beyond simple subject verb agreement I can’t sell you why it is wrong.I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I saw George C Scott‘s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol but I do remember quite clearly finally understanding the meaning of the word simile. Remember when Ebenezer is watching his nephew and guests played the game in the parlor and when Fred gave the clue “as tight as”  his wife answered “your uncle Scrooge’s purse strings”? That game explained the concept which I failed to remember the name for no matter how often it was reiterated. There are other things I remember about that movie, the children under the ghost of Christmas Present robes still majorly creep me out to this day but the lightbulb of comprehension was by far the most unexpected thing I gained from that movie. Now my memory of that concept is ” tight as a drum”, which also happens to be the correct answer to Fred’s riddle.


2 thoughts on “Day 173: George C. Scott, Charles Dickens and me, or how Ebenezer Scrooge taught me a lesson in grammar

  1. There’s a Yorkshire phrase that goes “as tight as a duck’s arse”…. usually referring to someone’s miserly inclination. I think Scrooge might have approved!

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