Thursday, March 31, 2011
Hi all. I have been thinking about this for a couple of months ever since I learned about it in one of my classes, and I've seen it enough times in the blogging community to feel the need to say something about it. It's a nitpicky grammar thing, and it's not something you'd normally think about, but here it is.
"Relatable" does not mean easy to relate to. It means it's tell-able. Easy to relate, rather than relate to.
I know, blew me away too. But now every time I see it misused, I get that crawly feeling under my skin. The same crawly feeling I get when someone says something like "He's going to the city with Steve and I." That drives me nuts.
Anyway! Yeah. So, characters are not relatable to readers—readers can relate to characters. Grammar lesson done!