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.
Q750. Those make my day. Now its finally clear as light!!!
Q749. AW THESE ARE RLY CUTE
Q748. Languages are all beautiful, regardless how hard they are to master.
Q747. Seriously reconsidering my decision to not study language.
Q746. I must be dumb.
Q745. BOOOO. It’s an attractive system, but not particularly descriptively useful.
Q744. Review of the new Speculative Grammarian book begins, “Ben Zimmer and The Harvard Lampoon have a torrid one-
Q743. Hippie Linguists? I need The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics.
Q741. SpecGram has a book out. Linguistics dorks rejoice!
Q740. Xmas list must.
Q739. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of SpecGram back catalog, and ashamed to admit I’m not incredibly familiar with it.
Q738. Love the newest LMD, you guys are clever! The proof is in the outtakes
Q737. Essential seems right.
Q736. Oh man I really recommend that How Linguistics Got Her Groove Back paper.
Q735. Speculative Grammarian is a joke journal covering “the neglected field of satirical linguistics”. Other articles in this issue include Romney accusing Obama of planning to eliminate verbs from AmEng, and one about a secret underground group of linguists working to sabotage natural language processing. (Granted, a little while back they actually had a very good primer on coming up with “alien” conlangs for science fiction...)
Q734. The point ... is well taken, but I think making the claim that linguists don’t use the word ‘grammar’ may be misleading.
Q733. SpecGram is pretty much awesome so you should buy their book!
Q732. As with much satire, the more you know about various linguistics theories, the more you appreciate the various ways of making fun of them, so I probably wouldn’t recommend [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] for very beginner protolinguists (although you could perhaps gauge your learning by how many of the jokes you get?) but if you like the articles and cartoons on SpecGram in general, then this is a great collection of the best ones, which can get buried in the monthly issues on the website. And if you’re not sure if you like the articles in general, then browsing the website is a pretty easy way to find out.
Q731. [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] would make a great coffeetable book to impress your ling friends.
Q730. While I don’t know that I would call [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] “essential”, I will tell you that it is essentially absurd and all-
Q729. Complete with a choose-
Q728. What does a Labio-
Q727. The editors and contributors obviously know their stuff, don’t take themselves (or their discipline) over-
Q726. Like satire? The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics is here!
Q725. The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics (unabashed promotion of awesome humor!)
Q724. Everything you like about Speculative Grammarian—now in print!!
Q723. Haven’t you been wishing you had copies of Speculative Grammarian lying around the house for entertainment in those odd moments of boredom? Now you can!
Q721. I think I need this. Very, very much.
Q720. A completely incomprehensible paragraph from SpecGram.
Q719. Long live Speculative Grammarian!
Q718. [Statistical translation] is, of course, dangerous if you can’t speak the target language, since many glaring mistakes can fall through, as this nice comic shows.
Q717. Oh finally, a sensible explanation.
Q716. Joining SpecGram has been the best thing I’ve ever done for the health of my liver.
Q715. I love SpecGram so much!! [P]roto-
:D Also it’s hilarious and really comforting when I do get a joke, because I know I’ve learned something
Q714. This fascinates me.
Q712. Give me all the linguistic things! Or, you know, all the linguistic things with helpful pictoral diagrams so that I can actually begin to understand what I’m asking for.
Q711. I kind of love the conjoined quintuplets in the Spanish sentence.
Q710. Linguistics is my new favourite subject
Q709. Linguist here, can confirm it’s just the way language works.
Q708. I’m a regular listener and a fan. ... Thanks for being awesome.
Q707. Thanks SpecGram—you high-
Q706. Pff. If only Speculative Grammarian weren’t venerable, only contained mediocre articles, and less instead of more, at least I’d read it then...
Q705. This is how you make kids love linguistics: Structural Ambiguity.
Q704. Just all kinds of awesomeness.
Q703. How did I miss this? In case you ever wanted to know the difference between phonetics and phonology, here’s a diagram that explains all.
Q702. Here’s a funny example of Fake Russian Accent in broad IPA.
Q701. The Oxford Comma: A Solution, brought to you by the beloved Cockney flower vendor, Eliza Doolittle.