Quotes—Page 20: More of What People are Saying

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.

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Q200. Be sure to check out ‘A Stratificational Approach to Making Macaroni and Cheese’. Definitely worth your time.

Mike Aubrey

Q199. Possibly the most brilliant thing I’ve ever read.


Q198. Speculative Grammarian is probably my favorite linguistic journal in existence.

Mike Aubrey

Q197. Your publication of December 2008 has been received. It has been read. It has been enjoyed. The enjoyment was thorough.

—Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer, Ph.D.

Q196. I’m a retired professor who finally has time to read every article with deep appreciation as well as understanding of 58% (± 3%) of the obvious in-jokes. With further study, I hope to work my way up to comprehension of greater than 70%. Ain’t retirement great! Eat your hearts out, working linguists!

—Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer, Ph.D.

Q195. Each issue surpasses the last!

—Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer, Ph.D.

Q194. Trött på vanliga korsord och soduku, och vad alla de olika pusseltyperna nu heter? Speculative Grammarian har lösningen: The Polyglot’s Magic Square.

—Orla Vigsø

Q193. Haha, that is awesome.


Q192. It does not need to be said that all the articles for SpecGram are written for humorous value, and are a highly readable, lovely load of jovial tosh.

—Damon Lord

Q191. The brilliant Speculative Grammarian website ... explores the much neglected field of satirical linguistics.

—Damon Lord

Q190. My congratulations to Tim Pulju on having written a wonderful, humorous article which recently came to my attention, entitled New Directions in the Teaching of Human Languages to Non-Humans.

—Damon Lord

Q189. That is hysterical. I’m forwarding it around my department.


Q188. Speculative Grammarian has a cute choose-your-own-adventure version of life called ‘Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics.’ Clearly I made the wrong choice when I declared my major. Thanks a lot, Speculative Grammarian.

Will Keats-Osborn

Q187. Смешной журнал.

Михаил Иванов

Q186. Вот эти мне нравятсяconfigurational languages, ergativity, morphological typology.


Q185. Je crois que tout est dit. Bon c’est pas toujours facile à comprendre (ces mecs là sont vraiment atteints, faut le voir pour le croire...), mais on trouve des trucs sympa comme un manifeste pour la linguistique subliminale, une approche de la démographie basée sur corpus ou une illustration de phénomènes phonologiques avec Bob l’Éponge. Il faut au moins y aller pour tester le Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics, qui est vraiment à hurler de rire et qui peut être utile pour ceux qui envisagent un double cursus linguistique/astronomie.


Q184. Das ist ja genial!


Q183. Zum phonologischen Wahnwitz siehe auch nasal-ingressive voiceless velar trill.


Q182. Here’s a cartoon that nicely distinguishes between the broad strokes (in this case the stroke is delivered by a lance!) of phonological description, compared to the detailed precision of phonetic analysis.

—Richard Pemberton

Q181. Suomessa ei kai kovin paljon gootteja ole mutta tässä linkki, ‘Goottia matkailijoille’. Opettelemalla muutaman gootinkielisen lauseen saa varmaakin helposti ystäviä oikeista ´gooteista.

—sitten vaan

Q180. SpecGram: L’unico! L’inimitabile! Linguistica folle!

Leo Bloom

Q179. So you think your vocabulary is pretty good? Try this crossword puzzle for linguists. It made me laugh out loud.

Karl Hagen

Q178. Speculative Grammarian is the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics. This site can be downright hilarious sometimes.

Jim Wood

Q177. Thank goodness there is someone out there besides me who adores run-on sentences, twisted ramblings, academic parody, and satirical linguistics.

—Quipping Queen

Q176. Thank you so much for providing a little comic relief on stressful days, and keep up the good work, we depend on you! (Although, admittedly, there are only very few people around to share the jokes.)

—Lieselotte Anderwald

Q175. Now here’s an intelligent way of wasting one’s time.

—Lieselotte Anderwald

Q174. Oh yes, self-deprecation abounds on SpecGram; the latest issue has an article from ‘SpecGram Suzie’ who parodies linguists and linguistics rather nicely.


Q173. An excellentif depressinginteractive feature on my favourite spoof linguistics journal, SpecGram: Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics.


Q172. Of course, Eduard Sievers would be turning in his grave, because as fine as this little poem is, it does not follow the dictates of Germanic Alliterative Verse! Travesty!

James Stambaugh

Q171. One of the internet’s most original publications: Speculative Grammarian.

James Stambaugh

Q170. Sometimes one comes across an item of such exquisite nerdiosity, that the only emotion one can feel is awe mixed with jealously for not having thought of it oneself.

James Stambaugh

Q169. Far and away, this is my favorite Gothic language site.


Q168. Here is a spectacular bit of poking fun at syntax. It might be funny even if you haven’t taken syntax, but I couldn’t guarantee that.

Karen Likes Cereal

Q167. Gotta love serious academicians who also enjoy poking fun at their own chosen field of specialization. For a veritable feast of such inside jokes, see Linguist of Fortune, Psammeticus Quarterly and Speculative Grammarian.

Derek Slater

Q166. Ooh, I’m the Grand High Poobah of Linguistics.


Q165. Career in Linguistics. You Sure? The tongue-in-dictionary-cheek Speculative Grammarian writes, ‘The siren song of linguistics is too appealing, you can’t resist.’ So you declare it your major. What’s next? Play their Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics to find out!

Visual Thesaurus

Q164. The world’s greatest specialists in satirical linguistics.


Q163. Thank God I’ve found other people who love grammar and language and aren’t afraid to make fun of it.

—JaNell Golden

Q162. Now, the linguists among you simply must visit Speculative Grammarian, the premier site for ‘satirical linguistics’. I have only just discovered it and it’s intermittently brilliant.

Warwick Widsith

Q161. Satirical linguistics journal, yay.

Kelly Drinkwater

Q160. At SpecGram any aspriring linguist can get a glimpse of the future when choosing your career in linguistics.


Q159. Zum Amüsement für Linguisten

—Fachschaft *idg.

Q158. I just attracted a very strange look from my husband at the next computer, thanks to performing a nasal-ingressive voiceless velar trill to see what it sounded like. Curse you!


Q157. I am Language and Puzzle Geek, hear me roar!

—Peer G. Dudda

Q156. The LinguiGeekSquee of discovering Speculative Grammarian.

—Peer G. Dudda

Q155. I had promised myself that I was going to go to bed early tonight ... and now I want to stay up all night and read back issues of Speculative Grammarian.


Q154. Beowulf ond Godsylla is the funniest thing I’ve seen all year.


Q153. I had to read all those articles, and the publications of Psammeticus PressI was laughing so hard I nearly fell over. My son came in to yell at me and tell me to stop laughing.


Q152. If you love Old English (or at the very least, fine malt liquor of any persuasion), you should see their fabulous new snippet from Beowulf, Beowulf ond Godsylla.


Q151. But if you ever wished you had studied linguistics, you should check out SpecGram.


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Last updated Nov. 29, 2019.