Quotes—Page 4: 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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Q936. Alles im SpecGram ist ein Witz.


Q935. This classic satirical article from Speculative Grammarian illustrates the dangers in working from small data sets and assuming that your own subfield necessarily has the solutions to all the problems in linguistics. Or in other words, when you’re a syntactician, everything looks like a tree.


Q934. This seems accurate.

The Ghost of ☈yan

Q933. SpecGram (The Onion, for linguists)

MIT Linguistics Society

Q932. Oh, SpecGram. I only understand about a quarter of what’s being said, but boy do I love it. My favorite is always Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know; I’m very proud of the fact that I at least know slightly more about linguistics than most of the stuff featured there.


Q931. That ... article is pretty great.


Q930. Why did nobody tell me about the SpecGram podcast? The O2 levels in my blood are depressed because I’m laughing too hard to breathe.

Asymptotic Binary

Q929. SpecGram is a satirical organization, in case that’s not clear. Its purpose is humor, not truth.


Q928. I laughed so much I almost spewed coffee out my nose.

Jonathan Rogers

Q927. May “Language Made Difficult” (please) never die.

—Anya K.

Q926. Be sure to check out the Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know section, my personal favorite, with real (probably?) test answers from students.


Q925. Wow, I wish I had seen this beforeit’s hilarious.


Q924. Blog? I think you mean highly respected and totally accurate journal of linguistics, friend. (Seriously, though, I’m a religious SpecGram reader. It’s brilliant.)


Q923. I can’t tell if my linguistics background is screwing with my sense of humor, but I find the SpecGram list much much funnier than the [other] list.


Q922. Bona ekzemplo de satiro artikolo pri la lingvistiko.

Mike Jones

Q921. Speculative Grammarian is the first scientific journal for satiric Linguistics. Funny and for free.

Constantin Freitag

Q920. I binge listened to the podcast a few months ago, and always look forward to new episodes. I love the humour and actually stop whatever I’m doing when LDL&L comes up so that I can play too!


Q919. This evil genius has created The Compleat Encyclopaedia of Compendious Historical Lexicons of Obscure and Archaic Vernacular and Nomenclature. It is a website that will generate dictionary definitions for whatever nonsense words you throw at it, which certainly looks authoritative enough. It’s an easy way to win [at Scrabble]... but you’ll have to live with your hollow victory for the rest of your life.

James O’Malley

Q918. I am a big fan of the podcast you make, and every time I see a new episode of Language Made Difficult has come out my day is made.

—Tobias Högberg

Q917. Scrabble Cheater’s Dictionary, from the geniuses at @SpecGram.

Eric Bateman

Q916. Oh my god this is a thing of beauty. And I’m only barely linguistically-informed.


Q915. Might as well make this the official Scrabble dictionary.


Q914. Binge listening is for when you don’t care about satiety.


Q913. So...told a friend of mine about the big dolphin language conference. Told him I found out about it from the noted linguistics journal Speculative Grammarian. He congratulated me and said it must have been a blast. Thank you for many moments of hidden laughter!

Elyse Hendricks

Q912. Linguistics brings tears to your eyes, right?

—Mairead Whitford Jones

Q911. For serious lovers of language only...

Jeremy Wheeler

Q910. Some satirical linguistics for the advanced members.

I Correct Your Grammar Because I Love You

Q909. This is a neat little piece.

Pajama Tutors Language Learning

Q908. Linguists can be poets, too. Check out this contribution from Speculative Grammarian. Note the sly reference to Chomsky’s famous example (Colorless green ideas sleep furiously), as well as the nod toward the perils of language death.

English Department, Humanities, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Q907. That is amazing and brilliant.


Q906. I have lots of distaste reactions while actually reading it.

—H.D. Onesimus

Q905. Over at Speculative Grammarian, they’ve used the Language Change Algorithm to discover what English will sound like in the 22nd century. The results are striking.

Scott Scheule

Q904. Maybe it’s not all that accessible to the layman, but I’m a big fan of Speculative Grammarian. You’d need to have had a couple of introductory courses in linguistics to really grok the humor, though.


Q903. Delicate fun! Mandarin Tone in Historical Epic Quest Perspective.

Phonetics Weekly

Q902. Speculative Grammarian is lots of fun for the linguistically hip or hindered person.


Q901. The guys and gals @SpecGram do [bad puns] for a living. Also check of their podcast, it’s quite awesome!


Q900. An introduction to linguistics in haiku form. Love the last part of the haiku. :))

Ikmi Nur Oktavianti

Q899. Are Linguists boring? Incomprehensible? Evil? Guys from SpecGram... I love you.


Q898. Hvis noe er verre enn lingvister er det lingvister med tørr humor.

Stig Johan Berggren

Q897. I won’t try to explain why I found this funny. YMMV.

Caveat Dumptruck

Q896. Speculative Grammarian (and other related zines archived on the same site) is one of the finest linguistics satires. The occasional articles also delve into miniature conlanging, although for satirical purposes obviously.

One of my favourite articles deals with numbers in the Moundsbar language.


Q895. I got @SpecGram’s Essential Guide to Linguistics. Pure awesomeness!


Q894. Your blog is evilly wonderful. I had to go out and buy a copy of The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics. I hope you’re happy. :P But seriously, you’re wonderful!

Lost Journeyman

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Last updated May 28, 2017.