Links and Quotes

Linguistics in Literature

... for rather than any good action should walk through the world like an unappropriated adjective in an illarranged sentence, he is always willing to stand noun substantive to it himself.
Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy
Could Miss Liberty, like a deponent verb, be a wolf in sheep's clothing? The idea was patently absurd.
Michael Innes, The Journeying Boy (p. 139)
In fact, trolls traditionally count like this: one, two, three ...many, and people assume this means they can have no grasp of higher numbers. They don't realize that many can be a number. As in: one, two, three, many, many-one, many-two, many-three, many many, many-many-one, many-many-two, many-many-three, many many many, many-many-many-one, many-many-many-two, many-many-many-three, LOTS.
Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
It was much like an ordinary pocket calculator, except that the LCD screen was a little larger than usual, in order to accommodate the abridged judgements of King Wen on each of the sixty-four hexagrams, and also the commentaries of his son, the Duke of Chou, on each of the lines of each hexagram. These were unusual texts to see marching across the display of a pocket calculator, particularly as they had been translated from the Chinese via the Japanese and seemed to have enjoyed many adventures on the way.
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (p. 77)
The talk had covered the state of the Union, the state of the feminine mind, whether any cooked oyster can be fit to eat, structural linguistics, and the prices of books. It had got hot only on the
feminine mind, and Lon had done that purposely to see how sharp Wolfe could get.
Rex Stout, The Doorbell Rang (A Nero Wolfe Mystery), p. 14