Mighty Red Pen

October 27, 2011

To a tee

Filed under: Perilous punctuation,Spellbound,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:54 pm

Okay, so they’re talking about snow (!) here in the Northeast, so it’s a little hard for me to imagine when it’ll be warm enough to sport one of these awesome word nerd t-shirts, but maybe it’s something to look forward to, right?

There’s this one:

Or this one:

H/t to Emily and MysticalYeti. Of course, if neither of these shirts appeal to you, you can always visit the Arrant Pedantry t-shirt store.


  1. And if you do happen to visit the Arrant Pedantry store, there’s a coupon for free shipping that’s valid only on October 29th and 30th. Use WITCHINGHOUR during checkout.

    Comment by Jonathon — October 27, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  2. Excellent! I know you’ve mentioned them before, and with the coupon it may be time to order a new T-shirt.

    Comment by Val S. — October 28, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  3. Vocabulary, not grammar… and English isn’t special, lots of languages borrow heavily

    Comment by goofy — November 3, 2011 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  4. Goofy: The shirts uses a “paraphrase” of a quote by James Nicoll, and I have to say I like the original much better: “The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

    Comment by Jonathon — November 3, 2011 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

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