Quotes—Page 2: 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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Q1038. Here is what actually untranslatable words would be like.

TakenSeriously


Q1037. “The” is perfectly translatable. “De” in Dutch, “Le/La” in French, and so on.. What a shitty article.

Mavamaarten


Q1036. 1. It’s a joke.
2. Did you even read the article? It said there’s no English translation for “the,” not Dutch or French, or so on.
3. It’s a joke.

WhatIsThatThing


Q1035. Whoosh, apparently.

Mavamaarten


Q1034. Linguists vs A.I. this is some next level nerdy shit and I love it

Swenish


Q1033. Brilliant.

Tim Allen


Q1032. There is a blog called Speculative Grammarian, which is all about linguistic satire. I found this strange, short poem there. It made me laugh. I doubt it will make you laugh. The poem’s authorship is attributed to Bill Spruiell, who, like all the SpecGram writers, is fictional.

jaredway


Q1031. If grammar were the topic of advice columns.

MadamGrammar


Q1030. Pssh, totally unscientific, unlike this journal article.

ngerm


Q1029.University of Sprouts, Brussels”... seems legit

ForgingIron


Q1028. Speculative Grammarian is the most rigorous linguistic journal there is!

ngerm


Q1027. This is totally me.

Logopedist Linguist


Q1026. Thanks to my efforts writing for Speculative Grammarian, I have extensively studied many different branches of linguistics and other fields that I never had to know in grad school. Of course, none of that knowledge makes it into SpecGram because I prefer to apply it to venues that actually advance my career, but as a catalyst that furthers the reactions of others but itself remains unchanged, Speculative Grammarian is a modern-day treasure.

—Mikael Thompson


Q1025. Thanks for keeping me from the important stuff I was supposed to be doing! ;)

—T.S.


Q1024. For more adventures in linguistic self-reference, see @SpecGram’s fun series, e.g. [Grammatical Categories] & [Semantics & Pragmatics]

Stan Carey


Q1023. I thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle, and will now need to bone up on my rhetoric.

—James Hyett


Q1022. I have a perfect Mayan word to describe this article, but sadly I can’t express it in English.

Evan


Q1021. But linguistics isn’t a science! runs very fast in the direction of away

Mughi


Q1020. That’s like super meta doubleplusgood badling.

conuly


Q1019. wut

boruno


Q1018. Útmutató szakszövegek értéséhezízelítő egy pihent folyóirat legújabb számából.

Márton Gyula Nyelvészeti Szakkollégium


Q1017. I didn’t know SpecGram was a Foundation memetics journal.

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Q1016. You aren’t going to tell me you don’t know SpecGram, right? ... Now spend all of your free time reading articles there.

Adarain


Q1015. That’s hilarious! And not actually wrong about the lexicon....

Joel Derfner


Q1014. How grammar is taught in school (or how Strunk & White teach style).

Alessandra Zarcone


Q1013. Speculative Grammarian: A language Tumblr with a satirical twist for the common lexicographer.

Tumblr Staff


Q1012. I have the book which has this and it was super fun.

V.


Q1011. It’s funny 😊

Pauline


Q1010. I’ve always hated the “untranslatable words” blog posts that crop up, that ... is really funny satire.

objectlesson


Q1009. Oh my god.

The data shows that articulators are used.
....well, you’re not wrong....
—severy


Q1008. Apparently there’s a comedy magazine about linguistics? I like the cartoon featured in this month’s issue of Speculative Grammarian.

Andrew Toskin


Q1007. Not only badling, but badhist as well. kek. ... Those were truly untranslatable words. I didn’t even bother reading them.

clausangeloh


Q1006. Warning: SpecGram is addictive for linguists.

Jonathan Downie


Q1005. Take that, non-linguists of the world. :-)

Zingword


Q1004. I’m not so sure about constlangoleur, but if you shorten it to conlangoleur, I think I like that better than conlanger. That should catch on.

—Elinnea


Q1003. *blinks multiple times*

Huw James


Q1002. SpecGram is amazing. My favorite is the recurring Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know (Because They Aren’t Actually True), featuring purportedly real quotes from real student work by real college students. There’s one in particular, a test question asking about phonological processes/allophony, that has some particularly hysterical answers. Here’s an example, but if you search “ten dots” in the archive you can find others.

It’s a marvelous magazine.

—alynnidalar


Q1001. Want to understand the reviewer feedback on your last journal paper? This is a useful guide.

Jonathan Downie


Q1000. Hoe verhoudt linguïstiek zich tot andere wetenschappen? Goede cartoon.

sonja barentsen


Q999. I don’t think that linguists “ought to” know multiple languages per se—but the reason the comic doesn’t ring true is that linguists are reminded, upon hearing this question, of the fact that they would undoubtedly be better at their jobs if they did know more languages.

—JS


Q998. I’m loving some of this. Specially the one that says “bring a weird grammar”.

—Irkan


Q997. Knowing lots of languages is probably not a job requirement for a linguist, however I can think of one very famous linguist who would be a lot better off if he knew a couple of languages other than English. Especially ones that are as dissimilar from English as possible.

—John Roth


Q996. Should have stuck with philologist instead of trying to change the meaning of linguist, eh?

—Karen


Q995. I get good results from asking a philosopher “What’s the big idea?”

—Dan Lufkin


Q994. Linguists’ revenge to the old chestnut “so, how many languages do you speak?”

Cath Cellier-Smart


Q993. D’après Levi-Strauss, les anthropologues feraient de la #LinguistEnvy comme les linguistes font de la #PhysicsEnvy.

Cruel & Unusual


Q992. And then there’s the ethical aspect: How many languages are German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian? I usually say 2½. If it were Iceandic, Basque, Mandarin, Urdu, Tongan and Quechua then it really would be six.

—Dan Lufkin


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Last updated Nov. 19, 2017.