“Thats, Enough” / Memorable Fancies #500

    Hans Jorgensen the novelist hated relative pronouns. He said that they added nothing to the meaning of a sentence, merely interrupted its flow, as in the first “that” in this very sentence. Whenever he thought he could get away with it, he avoided “that,” “which,” and so on in his manuscripts, even though copy editors often put them back in.

    Jorgensen became obsessed, fanatic. “Words that don’t pull their weight,” he said, “should be deleted,” using “that” in its correct, sanctified-by-Jorgensen sense.


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