Can I use the word "brat" in a children's book?
I'm writing a rhyme about a girl who is being a brat. Is the word "brat" too taboo to use in a children's book?
What is the rule on use of 'around' and 'round'?
by Clive Bloor
Reading books and also in a "writing for children course," I get confused over the rule for using around and round. For example, "She ran round him." Shouldn't that be "She ran around him"?
I seem to understand it as "She turned around." This must be correct unless she turned into a ball. "She turned round."
But it seems the modern trend is not to run around a play field but to run round a play field.
So what is the correct use?
Clive, I'm with you. Round
is proper; round
is colloquial. Thus, if someone wanted to use round
, you should put an apostrophe in front of it, so that it reads as a contraction, a colloquial shortening. Thus:
"She ran 'round him."
If someone writes otherwise, assume they writing on their d*mn phone!
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