My favorite prescriptivist is a talking dinosaur
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
After downloading the Firefox add-on Long Titles 1.3
a few weeks ago, I've been re-reading through the Dinosaur Comics
to see all the hilarious alt text I missed. I'm done with that now, but I brought you back a souvenir: five years' worth of language comics.
Loosely categorized! Whoo!Words we hate comicsIt's a disaster!You heard me!Men stereotypically leave the toilet seat up!There are other words than "bitches"! Daaamn!It is not a generic intensifier!Words we love comicsFor instance: the word "awful" (really bad) and the word "offal" (butchered entrails)!Sorry, other word classes! I have a NEW girlfriend now!Prescriptivism comicsSo dumb!Well, yeah!And guys I wasn't even trying that hard!FOR EXAMPLE: T-Rex is a pretty sweet dude because he's always so friggin' awesome!RESOLUTION ONE: eat less chickens!Man! I'll never have kids at this rate!Okay! Our first letter comes from Jenn!Cowboy hat dude got DECIMATED!Guys! I am not alone in this!(Pleonasm is the use of redundant, unnecessary words to express an idea!)Etymology comicsHowever, this is not the case!I also left a big tip, so as not to appear NIGGARDLY!They MOVED?A HISTORY OF HYSTERIAFirst: snake oil salesmen!Linguistics-ish comicsThis source says: DEFINITELY YES!It's the coolest!
Labels: comics, etymology, geekery, grammar politics, spelling
"However, this is not the case" seems to imply that "man" is derived from Latin "humanus."
"Maybe ADJECTIVES wouldn't force us to have such conversations!" hehe he
Oh, how I love Dinosaur Comics. And I've realized that I never finished going through all the archives.
Also, I really like this Scrabble comic.
Hah. When I was in college "playing Scrabble" was often employed as a euphemism for "having sex."
nenu shudda shaakaahaarini - Telugu for "I am a pure vegetarian" heheh
Thanks for posting this. I forgot how much I like Dinosaur Comics.
Think reactive, not reactionary