June 14, 2017


Somewhere back there in some earlier post - or in the drafts section that you cannot read - lies a short discussion about fictional characters. Favorite fictional characters, by state. If you believe the stats…

Cough! No I do not …. Gilligan? Marty McFly? Good Grief! Oh wait - that’s Minnesota!

Anyway - this must have been top of mind when I wrote this just now. We chaps need to get on top of our commitments!

Graham suggests … … that if the brain does not like the character name – which includes its extensions into the possessive and other cases – there is an intuitively-based reason for that. Recapitulating philology, and all that – and bearing in mind earlier comments about intuitive adjective order. TL;DR – if it sounds wrong, it either is wrong in your language (and he aggressively goes for sound over unthinking adherence to neo-Latin phrasing), or is in a very alien language indeed.

… of course he does!

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