I Write Letters

Dear Everybody on the Internet*

In the course of composing a blog comment, you may find yourself typing the following words: “I’m sorry, but”; “I’m not trying to _____, but”; "I'm not a _____, but"; or similar constructions. Should this happen, then I have news for you: you are not sorry, you are trying to _____, and we're all pretty sure that you are in fact a _____. The best course of action is to depress the delete key, ever so gently, until no characters remain in the comment box. Then, lurk more.

In short, don't be a butt. The world will much appreciate it. Thanks.

Love and cookies,

Auntie SKM

*P.S. Helpful two-fer: this tip applies equally well to gum-flapping situations in meatspace. Simply press your top and bottom lips together (or stop moving your hands if you're signing) until the urge to complete your comment passes, or until your head explodes, whichever comes first.

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