Ya, I hate it!

I’ve been reading some work recently which has an annoying (to me) characteristic. I’m sure that most people might overlook it, but it is a “show-stopper” for me and although the content of the books Is interesting, the use of one word is like bumps in the road to me.

This author uses “Ya” in place of “Yes” or “Yeah” in his dialog. For instance, he might write, “Ya, it’s a lovely day.” Or, “Ya, I’m going to take this bum to jail.” He has written several books and he does this with regularity in all of them.

If this were dialect I could understand his use of “Ya” but there is no other dialect in his writing. The only people I can believe would use that form would be of Norwegian descent in perhaps Minnesota.  And yet Sinclair Lewis and F. Scott Fitzgerald were Minnesotans and they never used “Ya” in their fine novels.

Is this nit-picking? I guess so. But does it bother me? Ya, it does.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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