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May the 4th Be With You | The Syntax of Yoga Speak

May the 4th Be With You | The Syntax of Yoga Speak

Happy Monday! I was having a hard day today until I remembered, it's May the 4th!

A few years ago as a homeschool prank, my kid drew dozens of Yodas on slips of paper, colored each and hid them around the house.

They were everywhere for a few days, and then finding them became scarce.

But every once in a while, I found another one hiding in a seldom used drawer or cabinet, and got a chuckle.

I just texted to see if she had a pic of one, because mine are all packed away, and she told me to look in the Webster's Dictionary under "force." Of course.

We used Yoda as a motivational figure for our homeschooling so often that the twins got me a Yoda backpack one year for my birthday that I used as a puppet to teach Latin during our grade school years (and even later when we were feeling silly.)

Yoda is still a great figure to use when you're discussing syntax in writing, because Yoda speak is all about syntax.

Syntax refers to the order of the words you use.

For example, "You will be quiet!" becomes "Quiet, you will be!"

Fledgling poets often rely on syntax for rhyming, and certain traditional ballads use inverted syntax as a feature of their style - think Irish folk ballads.

So, here's to all us homeschoolers, grammar nerds and Star Wars fans.

May the 4th be with you today!


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