Speculative Grammarian and SpecGram.com

Our Story

The august journal Speculative Grammarian has a long, rich, and varied history, weaving an intricate and subtle tapestry from disparate strands of linguistics, philology, history, politics, science, technology, botany, pharmacokinetics, computer science, the mathematics of humor, basket weaving, archery, glass blowing, roller coaster design, and bowling, among numerous other, less obvious fields.

SpecGram, as it is known to devotees and sworn enemies alike, has for centuries sought to bring together the greatest yet least understood minds of the time, embedding itself firmly in the cultural and psychological matrix of the global society while simultaneously illuminating, reflecting, and shaping the universal Zeitgeist.

What does this long history, this deep philosophy, this near-religion that is SpecGram signify to the modern thinker, the cultural avatar living on the cusp of meaning and relevance? Because this treasure trove of lucidity is shrouded in mystery and made indistinct by the mists of timeand because much of this rich and varied history is concocted ad lib and ad hocthe answer is sadly “not much”.

Of the proud, secretive society of Great Ones, who once directed the ebb and flow of the tides of history, all that remains are a few down-trodded linguists with either too much or not enough time on their hands, united only by their common needs: an excuse to get together and eat pizza, validation of a perverse fondness for melodrama and/or run-on sentences, and an outlet for twisted ramblings, academic parody, satirical linguistics.

Having heard the call, and having nothing better to do, a mighty group of giants among the feeble-minded has banded together to bring SpecGram into the modern age. First moveable type, now the internet. Destiny had brought us here. May History judge us kindly.

—Trey Jones,
Editor-in-Chief, Speculative Grammarian


First and foremost, thanks to my good friend Dr. Tim Pulju, Publisher Emeritus of Speculative Grammarian, for bringing SpecGram this far, for trusting me enough to pass on the awesome responsibilities of the role of Publisher, and for being lazy enough not to send his horde of zombie undergrads to eat my brain when I failed to live up to early expectations. We’re online now, so no need to send the horde. Really. Thanks, Tim.

This site has been designed and coded by Trey Jones.

Thanks to Joey Whitford for typing up all those manuscripts! Despite the Plummerfeld jokes, no less.

Thanks also to Kean Kaufmann for also typing up so many manuscripts!

And thanks to Keith Slater for the endless supply of rejuvenating ideas, articles, and enthusiasm since SpecGram lurched back to life.

I freely ignore the advice that other folks give me, so while I feel compelled to share the credit, I will shamelessly hog all the blame for any mistakes.


You can contact us with any concerns or ideas you have by sending us email at . We welcome your comments, suggestions, and criticisms (constructive only, please).