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26 March 2007 @ 01:32 pm
Linguistics of the Lensmen!  
While waiting for some stuff to build earlier i managed to find a page that beautifully summarizes a lot of the language in the Chronicles of the Lensmen series. (If you want to avoid spoilers just read the indented parts and you'll mostly be okay. The sections near the bottom are especially amusing.)

It turns out that it is part of a blog that actually has an entire series of entries about linguistics in SF!

This includes a bit about Steven Brust's "The Phoenix Guards", specifically, the Fordfordfordford ford :)

There's also a lot of random non SF-related language stuff, such as this post on the new radiation hazard sign. I think the criticism of it is a bit unwarranted, but the alternate interpretations of the sign down in the comments are very amusing .

A couple other posts on the blog led me to wikipedia's list of collective nouns, some of which are rather dumbfounding. "A flange of baboons"? "A lap of cod"? (ewww!) "An outcrop of geologists"? Given that it's wikipedia i kind of wonder if perhaps some of them were made up as pranks, but all the ones i've tried googling so far seem to have at least some corroborating evidence (except for the geologist one =)

I especially like "a destruction of cats" though :)
Current Mood: amusedsleep-deped and amused
tierceltiercel on March 26th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
There's an excellent book about venery called "An Exaltation of Larks." Many collective nouns are intended to be humorous, actually.

*returns to hole in ground*
An anonymous kittysome_kitten on March 27th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Brust is yummy, and I love the way the Paarfi books play with language. Very subtle and dry.

(Dammit, wherinhell is our copy of "Lord of Castle Black"?)