I often find myself telling students about the importance of clarity in their writing. So often they think they have to “write posh” to impress the marker. I say, write clearly! Your ideas are probably (or should be) complex enough. And sometimes I say, ‘Of course, I don’t mean write sentences like “The Cat Sat On the Mat” ‘.
To my mind, The Cat Sat On the Mat is the archetypal learning-to-read sentence. But in fact it is also a profound truth. Whenever there is any kind of mat, towel, rectangle of some kind, a cat will want to be sitting on top of it. I was reminded of this first thing this morning, when I’d spilled some water on the floor and hurriedly thrown down a cloth to soak it up and prevent an accident. When I went to pick it up, there was Tilly. She stayed to pose for a photo:
Another typical cat thing to do is jump into an empty box and give you that same look of “What are you staring (or laughing) at?” I haven’t quite captured The Look here, but if you know cats, you’ll know what I mean:
This is our firewood box. It must have been a crate for export, as no-one in Scotland would talk about (or perhaps drink, I don’t know!) “Blended Scotch Whisky”. The word “Scotch” seems only to be used by non-Scottish people. Scots, please correct me if I’m wrong!