"Coordinate conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses that are of equal importance or of the same grammatical structure within a sentence. The most common coordinate conjunctions are and, but, for, or, neither, nor, and yet...
"Using a demotic word like boogie precludes formal adherence to rules, except for comically incongruous effect:
"There wasn't a single item in my close that I could don with impunity, nor was there a shoe in which it would be seemly to boogie...
"Demotically speaking, we take our liberties. How often do you expect to hear 'Whom do you think you're kidding?'? Here again, it's the first word in the sentence - isn't that enough to give it at least a quasi-subject status? But whom is (or is not) being kidded, and is the object (however the wide of the mark) whom someone is rhetorically failing to fool. Still, with all those boggled attempts, we begrudge the subject its total dominion over the nominative case. And maybe if someone's being kidded, or not, he/she has in the process acquired immunity to the prescribed case - and can go on to the next challenge: Who(m) do you think you are, anyway?" - Karen Elizabeth Gordon, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
infigurativesense,"violentlymakingconformabletostandard,"fromProcrustes, mythicalrobberofAtticawhoseizedtravelers,tiedthemtohisbed,andeitherstretchedtheirlimbsorloppedoftheirlegstomakethemfitit.ThenameisGreekProkroustes"onewhostretches,"fromprokrouein"tobeatout,stretchout" (dictionary.com) "Unlike so many grammarians who have made their specialty abhorrent to us, words are more Protean than Procrustean. Supple, flirtatious, acrobatic, they change form to play with one another in myriad combinations, manifold meanings... "Procrustean grammatical etiquette admonishes us not to end sentences with prepositions. Certain verbs, however, travel around with prepositions familiarly attached to them - cuddle up, finish off, shut up, shut off, chime in, make out, turn on, come to - and protect their familiars' right to be there. "There wasn't a single item in my closet that I could don with impunity, nor was there a shoe fit to boogie in." - Karen Elizabeth Gordon, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
"I did most of my reading as a child on my bed or on a rattan sofa in the sunroom of the house I grew up in. Here's a strange thing: Whenever I read a book I love, I start to remember all the other books that have sent me into rapture, and I can remember where I was living and the couch I was sitting on when I read them."
"When I had people to dinner, I loved to serve Michael's complicated recipe for chicken curry, accompanied by condiments and pappadums - although I sometimes served instead a marginally simpler Craig Claiborne recipe for lamb curry that had appeared in Craig's Sunday column in The New York Times. There were bananas in it, and heavy cream. I made it recently and it was horrible."