Wednesday, December 10, 2008

editorial Christmas

Heehee. Via Language Log.

More substantive posts to come just as soon as I have time, I promise.

22 comments:

Heidi said...

ROFL!!! I'm so copying and pasting this one!!

Stephen Parrish said...

This is a treat. Thanks.

Miriam S.Forster said...

Gosh I'm channeling a little Douglas Adams right now.

"The main work to consult in this matter is Dr Dan Streetmentioner's Time Traveller's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you for instance how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations whilst you are actually travelling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own father or mother.

Most readers get as far as the Future Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up: and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs."

~from The Restaurant At The End of Yhe Universe.

Brian F. said...

"More substantive posts to come just as soon as I have time, I promise. "

Oh, you're busy too, huh? Weird.

Kiersten said...

HA! Thanks, Moonie. Oh, how I adore grammatical humor.

moonrat said...

Oh man, Miriam. I totally laughed out loud at my desk.

B. Nagel said...

Fantastic!

Jeanie W said...

Great one!

Justus M. Bowman said...

Ha ha. So frightening!

pacatrue said...

Lovely.

Cheryl said...

As a former grammar tutor, I find this seriously funny! Plus, they're chickens. That's just funny anyway.

Chris Redding said...

Too funny.
cmr

Marilyn Brant said...

Loved the cartoon, and Miriam's reminder of the genius of D. Adams had me laughing--thanks!

Linda said...

Uh, this is pretty substantive... for me, anyway :^)

Fabu. Thanks for the smackerel of fun. Peace, Linda

Whirlochre said...

Tee hee.

Fans of Dr Who may enjoy this one — a gem I saw scribbled on a toilet wall this week among the usual run-down of phone numbers offering sex:

David Tennant will be here 10/10/38.

Chris Eldin said...

AHAHAHA! But you know, you have to be a real geek to laugh at this stuff.
;-)

AC said...

Oh I love that. And good to see other grammar nerds are out in full force ;)

Melanie Avila said...

Ha, love it! This is the tense I cannot master in Spanish.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Brilliant Moonie - here's a link to my fave savage chicken: http://katelordbrown.blogspot.com/2008/08/keeping-it-real.html

peggy said...

Hey, I've been/will go/ have been/maybe I've gone...to that restaurant! Then again, if I were to go I would have to be hungry which means I may have to travel back to the moment before I woke up and made coffe. Then again the transporter is broken, so I may just have to reserve a seat sometime yesterday.
hahaha!

Perry said...

Bravo!

cindy said...

haha!

gosh, i'm just awful with grammar rules. i write by ear. =X