The Intentional Fragment

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I am an editor, which means I receive a lot of questions about English. (Note: Many English-related questions lack acceptable answers. I apologize.)

This week I was asked if fragments are permissible in writing. In short, the key to writing acceptable fragments is ensuring they are intentional.

Don’t give up on this blog entry. This isn’t an English lecture.

It’s the time of year when I begin thinking about next year. What do I want my goals to be? What do I hope to accomplish? What do I need to avoid? How can I improve?

I always try to find 1 word that can characterize my goals. One word seems easier to remember than an entire list of plans.


In many ways, I feel like a fragment–isolated, unfinished, or incomplete. I just spent many months in bed, sicker than I have ever been. On multiple occasions I wondered if I would experience the birth of my baby or enjoy the growth of my toddler. Having survived that ordeal, I am now working to put my home and health back together, stone by stone and brick by brick. I can’t get this last year back, but I can work to make this next one the best it can be.

I may not be the most active verb or the cheeriest adjective, but I can live with purpose. So I have chosen the following word for 2013:

Intentional Fragment.

Stay tuned for more posts on my word for 2013. I am still trying to decide what intentional will look like in day-to-day living.

My name is Trisha, and I am an intentional fragment.

It could be worse. At least I’m not a dangling modifier.

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