David Peterson on Invented Languages
David Peterson is the inventor of a number of languages used in various movies and TV shows, perhaps most famously Dothraki, the language of the nomadic horse people in Game of Thrones. This video is of a recent talk he gave at Google on how he, and others, create fictional languages. The depth of linguistic knowledge required in this craft and the art in how he applies it to create realistic languages is quite amazing.
The video is an hour long, but well worth it.
John Oliver on Quotes
John Oliver goes off on bad quotations:
One thing he doesn’t mention, however, are quotation websites, which are notoriously unreliable. (I won’t provide any links because I don’t want to drive traffic to them.) Rule of thumb: if the specific source of the quotation is not given, down to the page number, don’t trust that it is correct.
Interactive Guide to Ambiguous Grammar
If you’re not familiar with McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, you should be. This particular column takes on the passive voice and other modes of ambiguous grammar.
I particularly like the “past exonerative tense.”
[Tip o’ the hat to Matt Sergi for pointing this one out to me.]
I Could Care Less
When Not to Correct People’s English
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