But of course

Monday, April 5th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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16 Comments to But of course

MrBaliHai
4/5/2004

I only rated “Master of the English Language”, so I bow humbly before your goddess-like grasp of grammar.

I also was kind of disappointed that they don’t at least tell you what you missed.

Miriam
4/5/2004

I’m afraid that I missed one; yes, it would be grand if they would indicate which questions you might improve. Here is my favorite book on the subject: The Transitive Vampire: a handbook of grammar for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed. From the book, an example of a restrictive adjective clause: “The hand that is languishing on the windowsill was once mine.”

Ooof, that’s it!; I’m off to Amazon to order other books from Elizabeth Gordon.

Tazja Lovecraft
4/5/2004

A most enjoyable quiz, indubitably. However, I’d be curious to see a breakdown of the most commonly missed ones. They should have included it’s/its, my personal pet peeve/demon. And I enjoyed the Trek reference, perhaps a little *too* much.

Also, the mere thought of the Transitive Vampire kicks ass. I must possess it! *grin*

mom
4/5/2004

You must come by your status by matriarchal DNA…your mother is also a grammar god(dess) and I am sure your maternal grandmother would also qualify. I will admit that I was a little bit concerned about outcomes during the “quiz”.” The quiz masters are none too kind to those who are gramatically challenged. Had I the misfortune to land in one of the lesser seats, I daresay I would not be making a comment at all. I would simply pretend that I never even noticed this opportunity.

Dad
4/5/2004

Or by the patriarchal DNA, which has also reaffirmed its divinity. (The quiz could have been more difficult, though…)

brendan
4/6/2004

It would appear that I also am a Grammar God. To be graded otherwise would be a situation up with which I could not possibly put.

Linus
4/6/2004

grammar god am i

Christyl
4/6/2004

I too am a Grammar God! It is nice to know that my profession, with its use of odd jargon and its propensity for insanely run-on sentences, hasn’t completely destroyed my knowledge of the English language.

steelbuddha
4/6/2004

Ack! I hate being an indecisive Engliah Major. I rated Master, but I know my grammar is as good as yours and Christyl’s CG. I challenge you!

Dad
4/6/2004

Touchy bunch, them Engliah Majors…

steelbuddha
4/6/2004

*crying in the corner, rocking slowly back and forth, hugging knees to chest*

I was great once…

Bjorn
4/6/2004

You’re still number one in my book sb. Anyway, from a computational linguistics point of view, I’m not very keen on formal grammars. They are simply not capable of parsing even the simplest text. And who’s fault is that? Is it due to a poorly educated author or linguists who are too rigid? (see, I don’t think I was supposed to use “who” just there). My position is that usage must ultimately dictate grammar formalisms. As long as the semantics are clear, anything goes. With that in mind, I’m going to split infinitives and say “ain’t” until the cows come home.

Tazja Lovecraft
4/7/2004

From a computational linguistics point of view,(or at least a Science-fictional viewpoint, a la ST:TNG), Data was unable to use contractions. Therefore, wouldn’t you need to say Ain Tee?

Ana Ng.

Bjorn
4/7/2004

I suppose Noonien Soong was too busy working on the emotion chip that he didn’t have enough time to create the infintely easier “colloquial speech chip”. I’m such a dork. =)

steelbuddha
4/8/2004

Dontcha mean yer goin’ to *boldly* split infinitives?

And while we’re at it, zip up your pants; your participle is dangling.

czeltic girl
4/8/2004

Geeks.

*weeping ‘coz she understood all of it*

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