christmas book wishes
deborah at suberic.net
Sat Dec 20 20:44:39 EST 2003
On Sat, 20 Dec 2003, Robyn Starkey wrote:
|Okay, well, can you answer this question -- would it be helpful to an
|advanced Stylistics class? My class were so bored with their regular
|grammatical textbook that they didn't read it at all, which kind of defeats
It's only for punctuation, but it is fun. Some sample sentences:
To explain appositives: "Nobiscus Kahn, professor of angst, used to
cry all over his lectern and ruin his lovingly prepared notes."
Incorrect placememnt of comma between subject and predicate: "Our
darling Timosha, expired last night after brushing your heart off his
Quotation marks for unusual turn of phrase: "He said that for some
*other* Christmas he'd give me a guide to safe sex with satyrs and
centaurs, and a 'going-places rocking horse.'"
Apostrophes for missing letters: "Honey, yer bra strap's been
slitherin' down yer shoulder since you stopped yer cheatin' ways."
Commas and adverbial phrases: "The goat, after eating her lederhosen,
started in on her Durrenmatt."
Colons: "The baby vampire tries out his baby teeth on surfaces that
are fun to puncture: golf balls, plastic Coke bottles, balloons."
These are all from the _New_ WTS.
"I'm a very gentle man, not unlike Gandhi. ... I could kill them
at any moment. But that's really just if they annoy me."
-- Joss Whedon
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