I had a friend who thought Christimas Vacation was called Yule Crackup.
Titles - Page 2
Especially when you consider it was an adaptation of a book called "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City", which whether or not you like it, sure as hell is memorable.
Which Lana Wachowski can participate in now!
(Sorry. I'm really not transphobic. But that segue was un-pass-up-able.)
I'm no English professor (at least not a licensed one) so I might be off with my terminology, and this also doesn't really matter since we're on the same page in spirit, but I always thought a gerund is when the -ing version of the verb becomes a noun. Like Singing In The Rain. Which is a title I love. In that case "singing" is the verb turned into the name of an activity. But Singing Welcome To The Jungle would be the present participle, because it's the verb being a verb. Same form, different function. Or maybe I'm confused. It's been known to happen.
So for me this debilitating condition is more specific to present participles and also more specific to personal nouns than non-personal nouns. I don't mind Raising Arizona, Finding Neverland or Romancing The Stone anywhere near as much because Arizona, Neverland and The Stone aren't people. Worst of all though is when the personal noun is some kind of pun. For example, in Saving Grace or Nearing Grace. Or Chasing Liberty, where although the character's real name isn't Liberty, her code name is. So cutesy. So evil.
I have a similar rage against male bands who go cutesy with the use of girl's names in the band name. Even with bands I liked, like Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, Flogging Molly or Tripping Daisy (the last two of which are double offenders with that present participle horsehit), I never liked what they called themselves. Thin Lizzy get a pass though. Again, I don't know why.
"Professor? Why do you still use a pager?"
"Because unlike you, I haven't given up on these youths!!!"
(cue Oscar bait music)
The Happening is a gerund.
What's Happening? is not.
"His drunken driving caused the crash" is a gerund.
"Driving drunk caused him to crash" is not.
I think. I'll just stick to apostrophes and spelling.
I know folks who were disappointed by how few people actually get killed in that 'massacre', and moreso, how few of those are specifically killed with a chainsaw.