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Kay Ryan Goes to the AWP

and writes a long, but interesting and amusing piece on it in Poetry, but misses the perfect chance to use the word _materteral_.

Posted in General, Poetry, Wordplay


Poet: Ogden Nash – All poems of Ogden Nash Sweet. I have a whacking great book with 650 of Ogden Nash’s poems, so it’s not that so much as itself. I love sites like this. Ooooh, and you can

Posted in Poetry, Wordplay

Just because

I maundered loathly as a clod that blundered, high, toked to the gills when all at once I said, My God! I find I’m smoking daffodils!

Posted in Poetry, Wordplay

Well pierce my ears and call me drafty

Over at Language Log, Mark Liberman discusses the pattern _change my state_ and call me _a name appropriate given the change_, and states bq. And I’m not sure whether the preposition (up or down in the cited examples) is obligatory

Posted in Linguistics, Wordplay

Buffalo Gals Won’t You Come Out Tonight?

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo. Is that a valid English sentence? Can you parse it if you haven’t had it explained to you before? (if you haven’t, try it with some extra words to

Posted in Linguistics, Wordplay

Riddle Me This

It’s cheating if you remember them from the Hobbit.

Posted in Wordplay

Un-selling Out

“Websnark”: asks what do you even call the opposite of selling out. The obvious answer is “buying in”, but somehow that doesn’t seem quite right.

Posted in General, Wordplay


Apropos of hapax logomena, logomacy is one. Or at least it was until a handful of other bloggers used it as the proper name for this blog. As it stands, all google hits on logomacy point to this site or

Posted in General, Wordplay

Fill your prescription here

I’m a prescriptivist. I admit it. I’m even a prescriptivist of a type that’s catalogued in Language Log: A Field Guide to Prescriptivists, namely a Fashion Prescriptivist. bq. Fashion– how an admired group talks. Deviation is alienation. p. In my

Posted in Wordplay