Here are a few more of our favorite things people have said about Speculative Grammarian over the years, collected wild on the internet, or domesticated in email.
Q500. Good overview/visual intro to the topic for lay people.
Q499. Und wer den “Speculative Grammarian” nicht kennt, hat wirklich was verpasst. Eine ganze Satirezeitschrift nur für/von/über Linguisten.
Q498. If you get to the bottom of the article, there’s definitely show of Tongue in Cheek. :)
Q497. I hope this is satirical
Q496. They lost me at ‘Futurological’...
Q495. Went over my head / made me giggle then felt a little spooked.
Q494. Well, at least we do have a canonical set of tests to tell linguists from philosophers.
Q493. The SpecGram post also pokes fun at the Skopos theory of translation. Hilarious and worth the time.
Q492. This is my favourite thing you have ever published
Q490. SpecGram’s podcasts are sharp, silly, and fun.
Q489. Haven’t delved yet, but this looks like an interesting page for linguists and other wordnerds.
Q488. I love SpecGram!
Q487. [SpecGram is] more fun than a barrel filled with n monkeys with x reflective indicators in a partial least squares path model.
Q486. Without doubt, Speculative Grammarian is the world’s premier Satirical Linguistics journal.
Q485. Some of us stopped submitting to SpecGram because we have to concentrate on writing that will earn.
Q484. Oh baby, let’s try the nasal-
Q483. I don’t know if anyone reads Speculative Grammarian (SpecGram), but I just saw this today: OdCom. It made me laugh, at least.
Q482. Haha–I can’t wait to find time to read this!!
Q481. Justin B. Rye at Speculative Grammarian has a delightful Primer in SF Xenolinguistics. Rye offers ten rules of SF and fantasy language clichés, muses briefly yet thoroughly on the ways in which alien languages might differ from human languages and the ways in which they probably won’t, and discusses potential issues with universal translators.
Plus, he’s funny. “I pity C-3PO, kept as a slave translator for biochauvinist rebels in a society where everything understands English anyway.”
Q480. Wenn ihr den Witz nicht versteht, macht, was der Editor gesagt habt, lest euch rein. Es ist einfach zuuuuu genial. Nasal-
Q479. What will become of a linguistics major?
Q478. This kills me, as the only way to get a job is when “Prof. Johnson” kicks the bucket, and my dear friend is a Prof. Johnson of linguistics hahahaha
Q477. The “choose your own career in linguistics” game! It’s fun, I promise! :)
Q476. The Compleat Encyclopaedia of Compendious Historical Lexicons of Obscure and Archaic Vernacular and Nomenclature: The best dictionary on the web! So great, it knows definitions of words that don’t even exist!
Q475. This figure showing Examples of phronological Evidence is killing me! “Darth voiceless vaders”... “heimlich ejectives”... tee hee!
Q474. This journal rules!
Q473. How have I never encountered this amazing website before?
Q472. I love SpecGram. So, so much. I even have a nasal-
Q471. I lost it multiple times.
Q470. Thanks for introducing me to SpecGram, you bastard. I have an essay due tomorrow, you know.
Q469. I’m quite fond of the phonologist one myself, since I was forced to sit through a semester of very, very abstract phonology.
Q468. The Lab Phonetician one made me laugh.
Q467. ‘You do well, and 20 years later, you are successful, happy, and productive. You make a good living, do interesting work every day, and have sharp colleagues to keep you on your toes. Your home life is tranquil and pleasant, and you have lots of time off every year to do your own thing. Life is grand!’ Damn right! Now if only ‘work hard’ was indeed a single click and not 5+ years of grueling torture.
Q466. Oh my goodness gracious, I could waste my entire life reading [SpecGram]. The choose your own adventure career game is my favorite so far though...
Q465. I am thrilled that you have come across the title of my talk and considered it worthy of the Chiasmus award. I am an advocate of the interface of science and research with wit, style and rhetoric. I, of course, am honoured to accept the award and condone the use of my title/ abstract/ name in your publications. My Chiasmus of the Month will indeed be my month of chiasmus.
Q464. It’s a balance you guys strike well—that rare ability to use the words “phonotactics” and “poopyhead” in the same joke.
Q463. The “Pantheon-
Q462. Heh, quite funny. I’m fighting an addiction to velaric ingressives myself.
Q461. Nowadays we have kinda decent natural language parsers.
Q460. This is my new favorite thing, courtesy of the Speculative Grammarian.
Q459. How would a linguist translate “Dumber than a box of rocks” from the original Texan? Easy: “Dumber than a department of Sapir-
Q458. Qualcuno, poi, per risolvere il problema ha inventato nuovi simboli, il Quotta e il Quottiod!
Q457. I, for one, welcome our new serious overlords.
Q456. What I learned about the relationship of coffee to adult conversation was priceless
Q455. Everything I learned about linguistics I learned from the Speculative Grammarian.
Q454. Any discussion of a Wordnik takeover of SpecGram is purely speculative.
Q453. That would be meeting the Serious Linguists on their own specious terms. You could not hope to survive. Only subvert to prosper.
Q452. Keep linguistic conflict in the abstract domain—only there can satire prevail. You might be no match for the Fist of Generativism!
Q451. Trying to explain the joy of SpecGram to non-