Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

green … egg … (ham)

August 4, 2015

It starts with a paper by Elizabeth Closs Traugott (with my assistance) at the recent International Pragmatics Conference in Antwerp, on metatext in the cartoon xkcd (full set of slides linked to here). After Elizabeth gave the paper, she got a comment from someone asking if she knew of a comic strip with mouse-over texts and further texts that emerge from inside those mouse-overs (another layer of cartoon complexity beyond those I have written about) — a daily or weekly strip with a name that Elizabeth thinks had green and egg in it, but of course wasn’t Green Eggs and Ham.

I’ve now been trying to track down this mystery strip, but without success, mostly because Dr. Seuss keeps getting in the way. But I’ve come up with seven interesting new cartoons for your entertainment.

Note: yes, Elizabeth should have written the name down, or gotten the name of the commenter (who was not someone familiar to her), but things tend to be rushed and chaotic at these giant conferences, so it’s easy to slip. Now I’m hoping that someone will recognize the strip from her description (which I’ve paraphrased above).


Odds and ends 5/26/15

May 26, 2015


Inspirational words

May 21, 2015

(A Dilbert, to introduce a recently-finished inventory of Dilbert postings about language matters on Language Log and this blog, here on this blog.)

Yesterday’s Dilbert, in which Dogbert offers a (not very encouraging) inspirational, motivational saying to Dilbert:


This particular aphorism is a quote (“In the long run, we are all dead”) — from John Maynard Keynes in 1923.


On the way to the Emerald City

May 17, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

A play on the quote “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!” from the 1939 movie of The Wizard of Oz, in a scene involving Dorothy Gale (the Kansas farm girl), the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man), on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.


Four from Jane

May 9, 2015

From Chris Ambidge, four more Jane Austen quotations (three from the novels, one from a letter), probably the last of the set.


Whose quote?

April 10, 2015

Today’s NYT has a nice op-ed piece (“The Wise Words of Maya Angelou. Or Someone, Anyway.”) by lexicographer Erin McKean about quotes and their attributions, on the occasion of the new US stamp honoring Maya Angelou:


One more from Jane

January 21, 2015

From Jane Austen to her niece Fanny Knight, November 18, 1814:

Note that Austen personifies Wit as a woman.

(Thanks to Chris Ambidge.)

“just happy to see me”

December 3, 2014

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

A play on a famous fugitive quotation, widely attributed to Mae West but never actually traced to her.


A Xmas penguin, and Jane Austen

November 2, 2014

Two recent items in my mail from Chris Ambidge (both entirely G-rated): a Xmas penguin, and a quotation from Jane Austen:




Austenian humblebragging?

August 20, 2014

Another quotation from Jane Austen (once again via Chris Ambidge), this time from a letter of 11 December 1815 to James Stanier Clarke, about Austen’s novel Emma.

Surely this is false modesty — and couched as a boast, so that it looks like what we’d now call humblebragging.



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