April 2nd, 2004


English Wonkery

Snagged from maxgoof:

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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This quiz was much less disappointing that the previous one -- I actually had to think about the answers!

Also, here's today's Forgotten English:

In logic, a captious or sophistical mode of reasoning; [adapted from Webster's Dictionary, 1848].
--Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon...of Every Word Usually Employed in Science, Literature, and Art, c. 1850

Birthday of Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), whose name has long been synonymous with amorous intrigues and marital infidelity. One contemporaneous reaction to Casanova was the concocting of various potions to rehabilitate unfaithful husbands. One of these was powdered toad skeleton, which was sometimes slyly fed to philanderers, as these lines of a hoodwinked but hopeful wife in John Gay's poem The Shepherd's Week (1714) illustrate:

Straight to the 'pothecary's shop I went,
And in Love-powder all my money spent
These golden flies into his mug I'll throw
And soon the swain with fervent love will glow.

Living in denial to the end, Casanova's reported final words were, "Bear witness that I have lived as a philosopher, and die as a Christian."

-The Gneech
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