“Enquiring minds need to know™”
I had to look that up because I’m never sure if its “enquiring” or “inquiring” – Well, it turns out it’s Enquiring (but it probably should be inquiring) and it turns out its Trademarked. Pbbbbfffftt to you National Enquirer, and the trademark you rode in on. Your trademark has become a generally accepted, albeit grammatically incorrect, phrase like Kleenex, Aspirin and Xerox, not to mention Tupperware, Band-aid, Scotch tape, Styrofoam and Sharpie – Although, I’m holding Sharpie by its fingertips as it’s about to fall over the precipice. To me, Sharpie means “A Sharpie marker” and nothing else will do. I’m sure there was a time when people only reached for a Kleenex.
Anyway, I was looking because more than a few grammar nerds follow this blog, not to mention my lovely editor, and they all would be happy to point out an error. Thank goodness I skipped Linda’s Rain-Rein-Reign SoCS prompt last week, because I would have messed that up.
The editor would have caught any mistakes, but Linda doesn’t allow editing. Well, she let’s us correct grammatical errors, but nothing big. I’ve made big. When the editor caught those, I opted to add the first comment, absolving from responsibility – like now – she did not review this post.
It wouldn’t matter, my other word-nerd buddies, including the one who’s five hours ahead of me in England, a.k.a. Long-Haired David, would point that out as well “you know, if your wife isn’t available to edit these posts, you can always run them past me.”
Why was I inquiring about this? I was trying to comment on Janet’s lovely post. I wanted to know the name of the flowers in the last picture. If you’re a flower guru, check them out. Comment here or there, but be sure to let me know.
The verdict is: if you want to correctly quote the National Enquirer, from whom the saying flows, it’s “enquiring” just like I said – if you’d like to be grammatically correct, ask my wife, or David.
One further bit of research would indicate that it’s “inquiring”. Research, you ask? OK, Marian says so. How’s that?