The Rain In Rein Falls Mainly On The Reign #socs

I have a pet peeve: it’s free rein, not free reign. “Free rein” is an equestrian term; the OED says it means “a rein held loosely to allow a horse free motion; the freedom that this gives a horse.” When applied to humans, it means “autonomy,” as in “You have free rein to go where you want to.”

Sorry to go all Sister Mary Antagonista on you, but man! Drives me nuts.


As for “rain,” everyone knows by now about my YouTube “Rain” playlist, so we don’t have to talk about that. We’ve been having some incredible rain this week, thanks to Tropical Storm Cindy, which hasn’t caused as much damage as we believed it would. The forecast for here tells us the remnants of Cindy are going to join forces with an incoming cold front tonight, and the results could be exciting, as in “hurry up and get in the basement.”

(I probably should mention I’m writing this on Friday afternoon, because I’m at Starbucks and Linda has been kind enough to get the prompt out there early enough)

Has anyone else noticed that TV meteorologists get really excited when there’s severe weather and they get a chance to show off all their tools? We missed most of Jeopardy! last night because there was the threat of tornadoes in a county about fifty miles away from where we live. The guy was practically hopping up and down when he said, “we have to stay on the air with this until the storm passes!” Great. Let’s go watch The Munsters. Guess we’ll find out tonight who won yesterday.

It’s been a busy week. We had our six-month tooth cleanings on Monday, and it appears we’re in for a lot more time at the dentist than usual. Oh, joy. On Tuesday, we had the roofer come out because, thanks to the heavy rain Monday, we seem to have a leak, and that will probably result in men climbing around on the roof and banging on it in the near future. I was back to physical therapy for more lymphatic drainage on Wednesday, because last year’s efforts didn’t last. I’ve got a different therapist this time, and we’ll see how well this lasts.

So, that’s it from my end…


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31 thoughts on “The Rain In Rein Falls Mainly On The Reign #socs

  1. Oh my god, I’ve just written ‘reign in’ in my WIP – I was looking for synonyms and couldn’t find any… I meant, ‘rein in’, didn’t I? I’m going to hide away in deep shame now… and then go and change it!!

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  2. Fantastic! I am grinning ear to ear because I had a few Sister Mary’s as teachers in my day. One said “Jill I am sure that you CAN but I am not sure that you MAY” in response to me asking her “can I get the key to our homeroom?” Not exactly rain/rein/reign but grammar correction at its’ finest.


    1. We had a nun in third grade that came from Pennsylvania and didn’t understand that “Mary,” “marry,” and “merry” were all pronounced the same in Chicago. That was 45 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

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  3. Ah yes…..they love when they think a disaster may strike. I am even noticing that it seems the newsmen in general are hoping a horrible event will be worse than something that occurred in the past. It is sad. It rained here most of the day and was muggy..yuck


    1. I blame CNN with its 24/365 coverage of the news. Now when they have no news to report they make some up. It’s like the guys that like to put out fires so much they set them just so they have something to put out…


  4. I had a few too – one was my mother (French teacher), and another was my father (law professor). I had to be grammatically correct in English and French.


  5. You put this together so well! Stay safe with this unpredictable weather. I had to laugh at the White Rain commercial. My grandmother used that, and the hairspray…now, there was a pet peeve! cough Have a good weekend!


    1. The aerosol hairspray was awful stuff. We’ve used it as bug spray (at the suggestion of our now-former exterminator), and it actually works pretty well, but Black Flag and Raid smell better. I associate it with the big-hair Eighties and Nineties.


  6. C’mon, John. How can that be a pet peeve. How often do you actually hear that expression? A pet peeve should be something that you experience often and it “peeves” you. For example, if the Cubs win and the White Sox lose that is serious cause to be “pet peeved.”


  7. LOL John, thanks for the laughs this morning AND the grammatical information. I am not sure I knew that one. Sister Mary – Ha! Our cat never makes such interesting faces. She is rather a bore. No rain in our forecast, we are having the heat wave! Happy Saturday.


    1. We’re supposed to get more rain today, then cooler and drier air comes in tomorrow with clear skies. I’ve heard Tarder Sauce, a/k/a Grumpy Cat, is a sweet kitty with an unfortunate resting face.

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  8. I have many pet peeves about words since I’m an editor. However, one big one is when an author uses “make due” when it’s supposed to be “make do”. (Because of people commonly using this incorrectly, it’s starting to get a little acceptance, which peeves me even more. LOL)

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  9. Now I usually remember all these old commercials, but not this one, even though I’m really familiar with White Rain products. Lordy! Men banging around on your roof… How much fun is that… NOT!


    1. We usually leave the house when the banging starts.

      That’s a much older commercial, possibly predating us or showing when we were really young. I don’t remember it, either.


    1. I hope so, too. I don’t want to be going back every year to deal with lymphatic drainage, even though it’s not an unpleasant experience. Just time-consuming and expensive. This therapist looked at what I was using and said she thought I needed something more heavy-duty and said they Juxtalites I had been fitted for were too short. Funny, they were OK when I was fitted for them…

      I understand why the TV meteorologists get so worked up: people are dumb and will sit there watching the TV when they should already be in the basement. We did that a while back, and I got drenched as a result. Thank heaven that was all that happened; I don’t want to imagine being knocked down the stairs by the wind or falling and not being able to get up…


    1. I can remember when all I needed was a doctor and I’d just see him once a year, and a dentist I’d see for cleanings twice a year. Now it’s a lymphatic drainage specialist, a gum doctor, a podiatrist… I’m going to have a small army of healthcare professionals by the time I’m through.


  10. The weather predictors are becoming as dramatic as the newscasters. Do they go to drama school for this? lol

    I’ve seen my share of whoopsies on the use of words and I’ve surely made some errors myself. My pet peeve is “lose” and “loose”. I try to be understanding of those where English is not their native language, otherwise it is a matter of proofreading our work. Also, I found Grammarly doesn’t catch everything.

    Good luck with all that is going on in your week.


    1. I do my best to catch the typos before I publish a post, but I still manage to screw things up. Sometimes I write a sentence, read it back, then delete it and write it in much simpler words, because I know it might be grammatically correct but that it doesn’t say what I want it to, or it just doesn’t sound right. English is a difficult language to begin with…

      I’m glad we don’t have any severe weather planned for the near future. I don’t know if my nerves could take it.

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