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My favorite prescriptivist is a talking dinosaur
Tuesday, May 13, 2008   3:27 PM

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 comics

It'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 comics

For instance: the word "awful" (really bad) and the word "offal" (butchered entrails)!

Sorry, other word classes! I have a NEW girlfriend now!

Prescriptivism comics

So 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 comics

However, this is not the case!

I also left a big tip, so as not to appear NIGGARDLY!



First: snake oil salesmen!

Linguistics-ish comics

This source says: DEFINITELY YES!

It's the coolest!

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"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.

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