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Monday, October 09, 2006

The Prescriptive Linguist

A friend sent me a link to this, and being the linguistic humour scholar that I am, seeking out humour in all it's forms, I thought I'd share it with you all.

It addresses the struggle many linguists have between prescriptivism and descriptivism. No matter how much I claim to be a descriptive linguist, I still cringe when something is 'brought from the shop', while something else is 'bought along to a party'.

For all intensive purposes, this post is just an unequivocable excuse to make one after so long, irregardless of my thinly veiled attempt to make it supposably more humorously meaningful.

14 Comments:

Anonymous hooch said...

Just to make my point unequicovably clear: a prescriptive linguist is one who prescribes the way language SHOULD be spoke. A descriptive linguist describes how youse guys ACTUALLY TALK good English nstuff.

11:45 am  
Blogger Halliwell said...

Did you notice the wonderful product placement of MTV on the blocks behind stewie?
Wonderful youtube, all $2 billion worth of it.

On an unrelated topic, I tried to call you the past week alas you weren't home at either time.
Not sure she if any msg's were passed on. I guess you are super busy with 3 jobs(we should call you Jas) and your thesis to call me back.
How is that going? Imo said your were nearly finished.

I was hoping to get you out to dinner and catch up, prob only about an hr or so, I figured you have to eat anyway and why not eat with a me? and it's been a couple of months since we last saw each other.
I posted this comment on Sat the 14th, I hope you check this soon.

6:30 pm  
Anonymous Hooch said...

well, no thanks for the guilt trip but I did return your first call - AND left a message. Yes, I have been too busy to return the second call (although imo did tell me you called).

Three jobs?

I will not be doing any dinner plans or anything else until after my thesis is in, so you're looking at midnovember.

Seeing as you've opened this as a line of communication, I will not be returning your call, and will assume that you'll read this message.

8:30 pm  
Blogger Halliwell said...

Any guilt tripping was not my intention, When i re-read the comment I see how you get that conclusion. sorry :)

Helen said you have 3 jobs, where Imo works(with the dis-abled or something), GLITTER cave and cleaning(mainly the glitter).

Im not going to push this as the blunt and unforgiving laugauge used indicates your somewhat upset although I just want to clarify something:
"Anyhoo....cardmaking thing sounds good - I'll have to see how thesis is going (it's due on 27th), and I'll get back to you."
I grabbed this quote off the onlycoolppl site it talks about card making between the dates of Oct 27-29. Thats like friday week.
Then you stated:
"I will not be doing any dinner plans or anything else until after my thesis is in, so you're looking at midnovember."

Eug I get it. Thanks for the honesty.

Best of luck with the thesis anyway.

12:05 pm  
Anonymous Hooch said...

Oops. Forgot about cleaning, yes three jobs.

Nice research. Thanks for not trusting me, it so happens that I have a 2 week extension.

11:31 am  
Blogger Halliwell said...

Congrats on the 2 week extention.
Remember, Remember the 10th of November,
let the theisis runners something something.

As for the dis-trust. *inhales*
I believe that the behaviour shown to me has now been shown to you..
I was trusting you(as a 'friend') to return my calls. You have stated that you left a msg, I haven't got anything so maybe a fuck up at vodafone. No worries then. *Trust in you, shown*
Did you have any intention in returning the second in the near future? Querying since your talking of mid Nov and was the start of Oct when I called you. percieved by "Seeing as you've opened this as a line of communication, I will not be returning your call" and "Yes, I have been too busy to return the second call", Yet time has been found to plan and possibly attend the Alice production(again) and a 21st. On the 7 days of waiting I concluded NO, no intention.
What if I needed your help??
What if I were say.... Dayna?? (I know I have never compared to Dayna but it serves my point.)
You have the time to come online, read and write on blogs but can't call me, even to find out whats up.

Is that dis-trust or dis-respect?

Say Happy b'day to Helen for me I know it's a bit late, 9th wasn't it?

7:42 pm  
Anonymous Lee said...

Mwahaha! I bring more procrastination to you! George Bush Saves a Baby!

3:02 pm  
Blogger Daniel said...

Hmmm... I think the first scene is funny in how crazy it is. The second however labours things a bit too much.

But now for my turn to bring some humour (hopefully) back to this discussion: I have written my own Uncyclopedia entry (with subsequent improvements from some friends) but it may only be there a short time as it is deemed sub-standard. Is it funny at all and if so why?

1:06 am  
Anonymous Hooch said...

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10:49 am  
Anonymous Colin's Girlfriend said...

Can't a girl make her own decisions how she spends her limited time? In my opinion, which is completely none of my business but has been made my business by this being aired in such a public forum, one party needs to stop the obsessive behaviour, the constant checking up, and the stalking, as that is none of his business.

11:28 am  
Anonymous Hooch said...

Lee - Contrary to Daniel's comment (which I assume is related to Lee's George Bush link not the posted Stewie link?), I much prefered the discussion part of the video rather than the 'sick humour' contained in the first few seconds (note to self: write 'sick humour' entry at some stage). My favorite bit was that dude's cry of frustration at the very end.

Daniel - I liked the entry but it did not make me laugh, only smile. I especially like the way the Bronte quote sneaks up on you (now I'll definitely have to read Jane Eyre!). I noticed there is an 'onto' which should be 'on to' in the first section (for some reason couldn't seem to edit the first section), but apart from that I couldn't think of any improvements to make it 'less ugly'. I do hope you succeed in keeping it up - it looked sufficiently like a Wiki article to me. When I have time (ie, in a couple of weeks) I will have to peruse the uncyclopedia further - I may even add it to my links.

James - As amusing as this 'conversation' may be to other readers, it is not the kind of 'humour' that I had planned for this blog.

You do not have to recount my actions to me, but it is quite disturbing that you have. Stop stalking me. Stop obsessing. Get over it. I do not have to justify my actions to you.

If you're intention is to push me away even more so than you already have, then you have succeeded. Please desist in commenting further on my blog. If you continue to monitor my actions, keep it to yourself.

5:38 pm  
Blogger Halliwell said...

Colin's girlfriend, Your right she can do what ever she choses to do with her time.
As for the obsessive comment, Im not obsessing, Just thought 'Hey I know who i haven't seen in a long time' I also thought that with all the stress from her thesis she might enjoy a little chill out and fun, Once again it's her choice just don't lie about it.

6:50 pm  
Blogger Halliwell said...

Eug, Yes I relise how funny this looks and why im on here lookin funny is kinda why we are argueing.

I do realise you are very busy and under enormous strees at the moment and probably don't need this crap. For this im sorry.

What the hell is going on??
I believe we are argueing over returning a friends call or not.
To me the answer is clear.

All you had to do was pick up the phone and say "Hi, Im too busy at the moment to do anything with you, how about mid-november?"
Maximum 30 second phone call prob cost ya about $1, 1 cent per sec plus 30 cent connection fee. and maybe 45 seconds of ur time.
BANG done. Everyone's happy.

I didn't mean to "stalk" you. I reciently clicked on your link from Erica's blog by mistake whilst trying to get to the funny pix of post secret, But I thought 'hey whats happinin with her'. I only recalled your actions to prove my point.
Im sorry your excuses as to why u were unable to call conflicted with the information u put on ur blog. This would have been resolved much smoother if answers didn't conflict.

I never asked you to justify any actions only to justify your in-action satisfactoraly.

As for the classic "get over it" comment PLEEEEASE, get over yourself!!
I wanted to catch up with a friend, help her relax in a stressful time, do some rebonding and maybe read some of the work she has done.

The feeling of being pushed away is mutual and is something im trying to rectify.
I don't know if you want to.
*Argueing doesn't aid my cause I know*

9:04 pm  
Anonymous Colin's girlfriend's boyfriend said...

What a strange way to win the lady over.

2:22 pm  

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