SpecGram Vol CLXII, No 1 Contents Letters to the Editor

With Apologies to Editor Emeritus Tim Pulju1

A Letter from the Managing Editor

No, that was not a picture of me on the cover of the last issue. It was Iha Fuyū. Evidently we have a lot of new subscribers who are not aware of our longstanding policy of putting a picture of a different famous speculative grammarian on each edition of the journal. To all such new subscribers, welcome, and see if you recognize the guy on the front this time.

Yes, it has been a whole month since our last issue came out. I could come up with a lot of fancy excuses, but the truth is, I was asleep. Anyway, when I woke up the other day, I found that a lot of submissions from leading scholars had piled up in our mailbox. Even after I threw out all but the most excellent ones, there still wasn’t room for all of them in the current edition. So if you submitted something really excellent but don’t see it in this issue, don’t despair; it may well occur in the next number. On the other hand, if you submitted something really lousy, don’t expect it ever to appear in these pages. You know who you are, “DJP”, if that is your real name.

Which reminds me, some of the articles in the current issue of this journal are really ground-breaking. Well, all of them, really, except for the ones that go beyond ground-breaking to be earth-shattering. And how did the idea of earth-shattering get into the lexicon, anyway? Ground-breaking I can understand. People break ground a lot, particularly in cold places where the ground freezes sometimes. But no one has ever actually seen the earth shatter, mainly because it hasn’t shattered, yet. I guess if a really big asteroid came and smacked into us, then the earth, or part of it, could get shattered. But so far as I know, the dinosaurs who actually witnessed such an earth-shattering experience didn’t speak English. Maybe Sumerian.

Anyway, the editorial board has judged this issue to be as uniformly excellent as those which preceded it, so we urge you to sit back and revel in the intellectual delight which must spring from contemplation of the following pages. Truly an embarrassment of riches. Don’t tell your friends and neighbors; they’ll only be jealous.

With that, I offer hearty congratulations to the Chiasmus of the Month Award winner for June 2011!

Janet W. D. Dougherty, 1979, “Learning Names for Plants and Plants for Names”. In Anthropological Linguistics 21:6; 298-315.
Chiasmus of the Month
June 2011

1 Not intended to be a factual statement. He totally had it coming.

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