Yep I work with a bunch of language nerds! The air temperature in our office can rise on the placement of a comma or the number of bullets on a PowerPoint as readily as it can when the kettle boils for afternoon tea. And be assured that no point of grammar takes precedent over a "nice cuppa" in what we affectionately think of us our "college dorm". But that's a story for another day.
So for the gang at the office who make my days, and a good few of my evenings, enjoyable here's a few lunacies that I feel somehow you'll understand and probably agree with.* And okay that last one isn't about language but lets not pretend it's not something we've never done!**
** Yes I know a triple negative - Geoffrey Chaucer used the multiple negative in the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales to describe the Knyght: He nevere yet no vileynye ne sayde (line 70). Two centuries later, Shakespeare used it in Twelfth Night: Nor never none / Shall mistress be of it, save I alone (Act III, scene i). If it's good enough for Chaucer and Shakespeare then it's bloody well good enough for this crowd! Anyone want one of Jenn's Costco biscuits?
13 May - 1848: First performance of Finland's national anthem.