Category: diversions

Grammar Police

As a public service, Agent X and Agent Full Stop prowl the streets of Quito Ecuador under the dark of night. Their mission? to rid the the city’s graffiti of grammar errors. from Boing, Boing.

Emoji Dick!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Emoji Dick. I know what you’re thinking: “What you just said cannot possibly mean what I think it means.” A Ha! But it is exactly what you’re thinking. Mr. Fred Benenson has decided…

Grammar Nazi

Here is a take on a scene from the 2009 movie Inglorious Basterds that does a good job communicating the eventual fate of all Grammar Nazis.

What’s the Real Origin of “OK”?

I came across this little discussion about the origin of the term OK and immediately thought of folks who might be researching the language we use while texting. It seems that the practice of abbreviating words has been around for…

42 Old English Insults

Who doesn’t love a good insult from times gone by?! Here are ten of them to use as you see fit. But be careful to use the correctly, lest ye be cast as a lubberwort. 21. LUBBERWORT In the 16th…

Interjections and Star Wars

I discussed the role Schoolhouse Rock played in my education when we we watched “Conjunction Junction” in the context of coordination and subordination. This nifty little mash-up by One Minute Galactica applies Schoolhouse Rock’s “Interjections!” soundtrack to Star Wars scenes. (Just…

Here Is Some Writing Advice

Whenever I’m in the mood for a chuckle or two, which generally falls somewhere between the first and fourth student draft, I check on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and am rarely disappointed. I was rewarded today with some advice for writers,…