Squirl's Nest

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Garbled Grammar

Okay, Ichabod and I were having some fun with our Instant Messenger the other day. Don't expect any of this to make sense, but we had fun.

Ichabod Is a monster bigger than a ghost?
Squirl wow, it sounds like a very deep subject
Ichabod no, long
Squirl Oh, now I see
Ichabod what is the maximum depth of a subject
Ichabod Is it longer than a predicate?
Squirl On what do you predicate that question?
Ichabod I verb the noun
Squirl predicate is nominative
Ichabod I verb the noun in your preposition
Squirl Is that what you're preposing
Ichabod I nominate the predicate to verb the subject
Squirl It's always subject to that rule
Ichabod the accusative noun adverbly verbed the object
Squirl Who are you accusing?
Ichabod verbing preposition the noun
Squirl Well, you could just a NOUNce it

34 comments

Blogger eclectic said...

Hah! No gerunds?? I LOVE that! Grammatical puns and double entendres -- you would have fit right into my family growing up. Wordplay was a form of entertainment.

Thu Aug 04, 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

I ain't never seen nothing like that before. What it is?

Thu Aug 04, 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Craig, don't never say you ain't seen nothin' less'n you wanna get your noun verbed.

A gerund is the same as a verbal noun, right?

As in: The sight of my dancing caused massive vomiting.

The word "dancing" would be the verbal noun/gerund, correct?

Thu Aug 04, 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Is it wrong that I got kinda hot at the thought of your noun getting verbed?

Thu Aug 04, 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Do you guys pun via text messages everyday? You must look forward to these exchanges.

Thu Aug 04, 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

WORD-play, Susie...not foreplay. This is SQUIRL's site and she's the classy sister, remember?

Thu Aug 04, 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Helping words are always nice.

Thu Aug 04, 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

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Thu Aug 04, 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, we grew up with that stuff, too. And Ichabod is very good with it.

Craig, it's mr double-negative himself.

Bucky, my mama always said, gerund is as gerund is doing.

Susie, I get my noun verbed whenever I can. :-)

Kranki, we do this kind of thing quite often. Uses a different part of the brain than normal work does. Keeps you thinking. And I love it.

Eclectic, yes, that's right. I'm the classy sister.

Mr B, thanks for the help!

Thu Aug 04, 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The grammar's always cleaner on the other side of the tense

Thu Aug 04, 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Anon. Or should I say Ichabod?

Thu Aug 04, 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

So... is a monster bigger than a ghost?

*walking away feeling dumb*

Thu Aug 04, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, I guess we never answered that, did we? One of those unknowable things.

Thu Aug 04, 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

That made absolutely no sense, but it sure sounded like a lot of fun!

(Coincidentally, I recently said the same thing about midget porn.)

Thu Aug 04, 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I think I'm going to have to go with Susie on this one... that conversation did put a little tickle in my bottom :).

Darnit Squirl.

Now I have to go find a hottie to verb.

Thu Aug 04, 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

... and the Beach Boys medley plays on... "rund, rund, rund, rund I get gerund...aaaaye get gerund ooh woooo oooh

Thu Aug 04, 03:42:00 PM  
Blogger Effie said...

I LOVE grammer in the mornin! (albeit, it is almost 4 in the afternoon...)

Thu Aug 04, 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Perdita said...

I verb the noun in your preposition

ummmmm
sounds dirty

I don't care what they told you either susie
It's gonna be all the rage and take over the internet as new slang

Thu Aug 04, 03:58:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, it's not supposed to make sense. That's what's so fun about it. Nonsensicality.

Kitty, good luck on the verbing. Now I've Beach Boys in my head.

Effie, you have Internet! Yay! Grammar, it's not just for breakfast anymore.

Perdita, I could handle being responsible for that.

Thu Aug 04, 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous GW said...

awww...wish I had those waysa with words 'alike that.

Fri Aug 05, 02:00:00 AM  
Blogger Ern said...

Uh oh! I've met my nerd match!

Fri Aug 05, 03:51:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Ahhh, midget porn.

*speaks quietly to self*

"am
is
are
was
were
have
has
had
could
would
should
might
can
will
shall
may"

Fri Aug 05, 07:15:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Wow getting your noun verbed . . .
Wondering what I am missing out on. :) Nina

Fri Aug 05, 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Gerunds will be my undoing.

Fri Aug 05, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

You are so funny Squirl. D and I play word games, but on a much lesser level, more like grade school level. LOL

Fri Aug 05, 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

GW, just keep practicing, it'll happen.

Ern, I thought you'd like a game like this.

Mr B, just what are you verbing over there?

Nanina, there's nothing like getting your noun verbed. Your husband's a doctor. Shouldn't he know about these kinds of things. Or is he bedridden?

Bucky, just try to keep one step ahead of the ings.

August95, this is all extemporanius. In fact, I was on a phone call to someone through this whole thing. I think it helped that I let my subconcious answer for me. I'm sure yours are just as good.

Fri Aug 05, 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Dubya here (agin) said...

I try n I try....jus keepon drawin blanks ya know?

Fri Aug 05, 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Dubya here...a gane... said...

U R sweet to be so.... concerned....?(spellin'?...hode awn..let me duble check if that ain't the right word or not)...yea...concerned. Just that I try n I try....jus keepon drawin blanks ya know?

Fri Aug 05, 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

That's okay GW, please don't strain anything.

Fri Aug 05, 03:04:00 PM  
Anonymous GW said...

Good Advisin'...I 'jus may take some more v'cashun time...go see my English Therapist...etc.

Fri Aug 05, 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Mr. Blogerrific, I always though it was the following:
am is are
was were
have has had
do does did
be...

... and I forget the rest.

I guess different teachers probably taught different versions, eh?

Fri Aug 05, 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, when the student is ready, the teacher will be there. Wait, that's what you meant is it?

Fri Aug 05, 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

God....that made my head hurt!

Sat Aug 06, 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

GreatWhite, I hope not too bad. :-)

Sat Aug 06, 07:57:00 PM  

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