Try as a may, I can’t escape my obsession with grammar, punctuation, word usage, spelling… the list goes on. I even wrote my personal statement for law schools about diagramming sentences. At least now I can take my unusual obsession and make it productive for class. I thought linguistics would be a really weird topic for a blog until I found LanguageLog, a blog run by University of Pennsylvania phonetician Mark Liberman. This blog has witty observations about mistakes in grammar, punctuation, word use— everything I’m obsessed with. Murphy’s Law at its finest, every link to the site is magically broken and Google can no longer find the page. I’ll try again later.
I think my topic will work because grammar-related mistakes often make for funny results. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, a guidebook to punctuation, centers on the funny things that happen when people mispunctuate. The title comes from a mistake made by someone describing the eating habits of pandas. Instead of the panda peacefully eating his bamboo shoots and leaves, the extra commas suggest a scene out of a gangster movie with the panda shooting up a restaurant before leaving.
I may use “funny” too liberally, but these are the examples that I think are funny. I’ll try my best to keep my posts on this more humorous slant instead of ranting about poor spelling, grammar, and the like.