Editors are often teased for being finicky people. We stare at sentence structures and pick apart phrases. We focus obsessively on word choices. I have thought a good deal about the necessity of using the preposition “for” when lining up the words “crazy” and “cat” and “lady” and then promptly rearranging them.
I like to think I have ladylike manners. It’s true that I have a lot of cats. In fact, one of my ten cats, Lucius, was diagnosed as being a paranoid schizophrenic. Our veterinarian says that he is simply crazy. There has to be a distinction between a crazy cat and a lady who is crazy “for” cats. I adore Lucius “for” all of his idiosyncrasies and mood swings, and mostly for his deep empathy and passion. Had I never met him, now ten years ago, I would have continued on my orderly, well-scripted path of life.
Query of the Day: Are you “for” or “against” the “crazy” terminology when used to describe a cat lady?