Off-putting grammar

… or maybe “grammar”, we can’t tell. On an ecard:

Since the “hideous grammar” came in a text message, I suspect that it was garmmra that was at issue.

Cards like this, and posters of similar sort, lie in some borderland of the cartoons/comics world: they combine text and art, but they aren’t framed as cartoons. One step further, and you get text-only posters, bumper stickers, buttons, magnets, etc. — which nevertheless exhibit artistry in the choice of fonts and colors and the placement of the words.

 

One Response to “Off-putting grammar”

  1. Ben Zimmer Says:

    Someecards has been quite successful lately in getting people to create their own cards, with user-generated text over prefab art. It’s highly reminiscent of the “image macro” trend of Internet memes (see the Winter 2011 “Among the New Words“), and the cards often have the same kind of viral circulation via social media.

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