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November 3rd, 2005

Today's Forgotten English

knight of the grammar
A schoolmaster.
--Albert Hyamson's Dictionary of English Phrases, 1922


Better-Speech Week
H. L. Mencken's The American Language (1919) recalled a well-intentioned movement to improve American English: "Multitudes of American pedagogues still believe that the natural growth of the language is wild and wicked, and that it should be regulated according to rules formulated in England. To this end they undertake periodical crusades against 'bad grammer.' ... In 1915, the National Council of Teachers of English -- following that hopeful American custom which gave the nation Mother's Day and Safety-First and Eat More Cheese Weeks -- proposed to make the first seven days of November Better Speech Week. Some of the schoolma'ams, despairing of effecting a wholesale reform, concentrated their efforts upon specific crimes, and among subsidiary weeks thus launched were Ain't-less Week and Final-G Week. They also established a Tag Day, and hung derisory tags on youngsters guilty of such indecencies as I have got and It's me."

This makes me snicker. Truly. :)

-The Gneech
must ... not ... sketch...!
must ... work...!

-The ... Gneech...!

*handslap!*

*slips hand into briefcase when nobody's looking ... starts to pull out sketchbook*

*SLAP!*

*puts sketchbook back, pouts, goes back to work*

-TG

News re: Hikaru

In case you haven't heard, katayamma, the colorist for Suburban Jungle, has suffered a fire which on initial inspection seems to have pretty much wiped out all his stuff. I just spoke to him on the phone to get his status:

He's physically okay himself, has cash to get by, and has local friends looking after (and feeding) him. The apartment complex is arranging alternate housing for him as well, so he's not out on the street. :) He asked me to let everybody know that he's doing all right, just letting the blow settle in a bit, and that he'll be back on the 'net as soon as he can.

I'll keep everyone informed as I can.

-The Gneech

(x-posted to suburban_jungle)

Hey, smrgol_t_kirin! [artwork]

Quick, before he's gone again!Collapse )

Whatcha think? =)

My limit seems to be one of these per night, so I only got two done instead of four -- but that's okay, the other two have incomplete instructions at this stage, and I've got plenty of other pics to work on.

-The Gneech

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