I was elated to see the excerpt from the upcoming memoir of Eglantine Lady Fantod.
I doubt the full memoir will include my own unforgettable encounter with her at the 1923 LSA meeting. I was only a grad student, but, after a brief introduction, she invited me to sit and drink with a group of her friends. After several glasses of quite fine wine, Eglantine insisted we all try to find meaningful anagrams of each others’ names.
I’d only had one glass of wine
For Eglantine Lady Fantod herself several people came up with anagrams that seemed mysteriously appropriate and appropriately mysterious:
Fondly Inelegant Data
After much laughter and witty repartee, my own silence became the topic of conversation. I stammered some nonsensical excuse and stared at my shoes. The others asked my name again, so that they might anagram it. Within seconds, Eglantine found one: “pliant boy”. I blushed, and she took me by the hand and led me from the group. Cat-
What happened next should never be said aloud in my lifetime (I am a happily married man!), though it is a memory I will treasure always. I doubt I was nearly as special to Eglantine as she was to me
Dear Dr. Pilab,
Thanks for sharing. [Blush!]
I’m a faithful reader, and I’ve noticed over the years that you have never given your readers the benefit of your wisdom on political questions. During major elections in Japan, the UK, and the US, you consistently fail to give us guidance on how we should vote.
The next US election campaign is already beginning to heat up. Can you please help your American readers with some advice as to which candidate(s) we as linguists should support?
Dear Mr. Carter,
Thank you for your encouragement. In fact, our editorial board has had a number of heated meetings in recent months, discussing this very topic. And we are ready now to make our endorsement for the 2008 US Presidential election!
In 2008, Speculative Grammarian endorses Yasuo Fukuda for the US Presidency.
We firmly believe that Mr. Fukuda is the best individual to advance the interests of linguists in the US and abroad.
Dear Dr. van der Meer,
I read your recent predictions with a mix of wonder and fear. I look forward to seeing such a future unfold. But one issue nags at me: Whatever will happen to Labrador, Newfoundland, and the various maritime provincettes? No more Newfie jokes? What a bleak future!
The visions of the future one is provided by the spirits are not always clear. You cannot ask, you can only receive.
To the Eds.:
Due to an inexplicable mail delay to Akrotiri, I’ve only just recently received the last two year’s worth of Speculative Grammarian. These many issues arrived just in time; I was about to cancel my subscription! O me of little faith!
The real reason I’m writing, though, is to point out something that possibly only became apparent to me because I devoured all of the back issues at once. In Claude Searsplainpockets’ article, “Eating the Wind,” the author claims uniqueness of iconic pulmonicity for Xoŋry. Yet Metalleus claims, in “Moundsbar Consonantism” that Moundsbar’s phonemic inhalation (/5/) does not exist elsewhere.
Regardless of the controversiality of the claims, if both should prove true, who has priority?
Dear Dr. Fultzhard-Wekrúswieŋeilt
We regret, but cannot be responsible for, postal delays. We recommend bribing your postmaster. We do that, and our lingerie catalogs are never late.
As to your more contentful concern, the fact of the matter is that no one scholar can keep up with every advance and development in their field. Most linguists cannot even keep up with all that happens in the pages of the leader among leading linguistics journals. So, such errors and conflicting claims of priority are to be expected.
However, this instance is actually not such a case. We are republishing the works of Metalleus. Since his ground-
Such are the complexities of academic publishing in linguistics.
[Dr. Searsplainpockets asked to include the following response to our response.
Exactly! Though I’m not sure what Metalleus is going on about contrasting with Aunt Minnie. The phonotactics of Xoŋry aren’t that liberal!
Speculative Grammarian accepts well-