In the February 1959 issue of SpecGram, the following contest announcement was published:
Fellow Linguisticians, turn your sharp minds and razor wit to study the language of the Study of Language. Send us your best and brightest ideas for self-
referential Philological word play. Three token prizes will be awarded for the cleverest entries, determined by our Editorial Board: 50¢ for first place, 25¢ for second place, and 15¢ for third place (minus postage costs). Entries are due March 1st, 2009.
The original plan did not call for a 50-
*Linguists is judgmental bastards
Preposition /prɛpə'zɪʃ(ə)n/ noun. Something to annoy prescriptivists with.
Mr Spero also included the following interesting comment with his second submission:
Did you know that the Pullumite tribes of Northern Britain have over four hundred different words for describing Noam Chomsky, none of them printable?Indeed, Mr Spero, we were aware of that fact, but thank you for pointing it out to our readers.
The SpecGram accountants have sent Mr Spero a registered letter informing him of his winnings. As sending the letter incurred a cost of $2.14, Mr Spero, by the rules of the contest, to which he agreed, now owes the Editorial Board a sum of $1.37.