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Quote of the Week – The Bustle of Linguistics

11 Mar

The quote this week comes not from a World of Warcraft source, but rather a tumblog called Reasoning With Vampires. Within, the author carefully (and snarkily) dissects the grammar, phrasing, and much much more in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. I highly recommend it to anyone who isn’t a Twihard and/or people who like funny things. It’s good for a laugh, as well as learning more about grammar. I’ve found myself watching out for comma splices and run away sentences in my own writing.

Now onward to the quote! In one of Reasoning With Vampires’ more recent posts, she points out some repetition in a passage. There was one word in particular that lead her to write this:

A suffix is not merely the fancy bustle of linguistics.

She continues the lesson with “The “-less” alters the definition of the word to which it is attached.” It’s very true, but I enjoy reading the first sentence on it’s own. It’s very poetic!

Or maybe it’s just that I enjoy the word ‘bustle’. I imagine words putting on their finest suffix and then scattering all over the pages of a book in an effort to class it up. (I considered drawing what that would look like, but I have a feeling it would be hard to draw words wearing bustles while bustling around a page).

Does that phrase tickle your fancy like it did mine? Have you read Reasoning With Vampires before? If not, what do you think of the site? (You did click on it, right?) Let me know in the comments!

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