Thursday, August 25, 2011

Linguistics Quotation Favorites - Angry Verbs

"They've a temper, some of them - particularly verbs, they're the proudest - adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs..."

-Lewis Carroll

I suppose I would have a temper if I was always tense too.

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Anonymous said...

I forgot about the Carroll quotation. I thought you were talking about some new phone app.

Laura Payne said...

Wouldn't it be great if someone would create such an app; I'm sure it would be much more fun than Angry Birds.

Sandeep Prasanna said...

Love this. Sure, you can do anything with adjectives, but what about adverbs? Some authors certainly, indubitably, callously overuse adverbs, especially when they're flippantly describing speech.

(Hi Laura! I'm a big fan of your blog. If you have the time, I'd love to direct your attention to The Diacritics [], a linguistics project that a friend and I started. We're both recent linguistics grads from Duke and Harvard, and we love writing and thinking about language and linguistics. We're just starting up, so feedback would be most welcome!)

Laura Payne said...

Sandeep Prasanna - Thank you for your fandom. I am out of town at through the holiday weekend. I will most certainly check out your linguistics project upon my return. Would love to do it now, but I do not have the greatest internet service at my current location. I will send feedback next week. Have a great Labor Day holiday.

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