Never start a sentence with ‘but’, and do not ever start a sentence with ’never’- many a man has realised this too late. Am I right or do I write incorrectly? What is sustainability in our language, so that meaning is not lost and an elegant sentence remains?
Fifty years ago I was educated in English by a Welshman named, Rhys Jones, who occasionally entertained us with readings of the most horrible best ‘yarns’ of Somerset Maugham. The remainder of the time he drilled us with either English grammar or literature. Not only did we learn correct sentence structure, but also we studied the magnificence of the language. We learned that ‘equal’ cannot be followed by ‘as’ and that ‘sophisticated’ is not what it seems to be, though times do change.
This strict structure of a sentence has declined as media language has taken charge, and with this change has come confusion of meaning, sometimes adventitious and, at other times, disadvantageous. Is accidental interpretation the role of language or just of lawyers and politicians creating linguistic interpretation? Not withstanding this paradox, you must not start a sentence with but, unless of course it has been created due to a real butt.
Butt is the end of a rifle that you pull into your shoulder, but a cigarette butt is flicked away from your shoulder to start a fire from a smoulder. Butt, nevertheless, is also the word for describing the more pleasant round rearwards facing cheeks of a lady whom one desires, as in ’gorgeous butt’. One can also consider that when one is a butt of a joke, the term ‘gorgeous’ may not apply; so, butting her butt with a head or with a horn, is likely to be considered a one-way pleasure that will be rewarded with more than scorn, unless the sentence is well constructed.
However, if the sound of ‘but’ is not polite wherever it is placed, which some ladies will attest, to start a sentence from the heart, we must place ‘but’ inoffensively, while letting ‘however’ get going with a start. Nevertheless, not too soon should ‘but’ be demoted from its role at the start, for without a ‘but’ to admire as a key male desire, one that can give a kick start, there may be no reason in any judgmental sentence of any conjunction of the heart. So let us try to sate all tastes and place ‘but’ where it is best viewed and where it rolls off the tongue.
Consequentially, when in doubt, the conjunction is useful between the key elements of the sentence. So beyond wedlock but before death we now find the fine ‘but’ in the middle; and if you smile and handle it just right (sic correctly), your sentence may be a conjunction of soft exclamations of an open mouth.
But, this depends on sensitivity or is that sensation?