Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,

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The Eyre Affair

Have read 200 pages of The Eyre Affair today and am loving it exceedingly much. It's sort of soft science-fiction, sort of literary in-joke, sort of revised history, sort of detective story a là the early "Anita Blake" novels. It's made me laugh out loud a few times. At first, it seemed a bit pretentious and I was lost amid all the historical and literary references, but it settled down and now I get most of the jokes. It helps that a lot of them are Shakespearean.

I just had to share a bit I just hit, because it was another one that made me laugh out loud. It's a bit about "bookworms," maggot-like buggers invented to process and interpret language and books. It's probably only amusing to other grammar nerds, but I found it funny:
... Several people have asked me where I find the large quantity of prepositions that I need to keep my Bookworms fit and well. The answer is, of course, that I use omitted prepositions which, when mixed with dropped definite articles, make a nourishing food. There are a superabundance of these in the English language. Journey's end, for instance, has one omitted preposition and two definite articles: the end of the journey. There are many other examples, too, such as bedside (the side of the bed) and streetcorner (the corner of the street), and so forth. If I run short I head to my local newspapers, where omitted prepositions can be found in The Toad's headlines every day. As for the worm's waste products, these are chiefly composed of apostrophes -- something that is becoming a problem -- I saw a notice yesterday that read Cauliflower's, three shilling's each ...
Tags: books, funny, grammar

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