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I was startled to find this sentence attributed to Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking Glass. To be on the safe side, I checked my desktop copy. Nope. An internet search gives it to Hobbes of Calvin &. . .which sounds highly probable, but I'm wondering if anyone knows which specific strip? (I don't find it on this site).
Thanks. And. . .I'll probably be combing some collections this evening!
 
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The quotation is "verbing weirds language"...and it's Calvin that says the line...


 
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Oh, excellent! Thank you, I feel much better now. . .
 
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OK, now I have a more difficult one. I'm not really expecting an answer, but I want to make every effort to source this quotation:

" First they came for the verbs, and I said nothing because verbing weirds language. Then they arrival for the nouns, and I speech nothing because I no verbs."

It is repeatedly attributed to a Peter Ellis, who is alleged to have posted it on alt.fan.pratchett, but I don't see a way to search on that site, and can't find a link using any combination of search terms I've been able to come up with.
 
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Use the "search this group" button via Google Groups. It doesn't look like it will get you to the original posting, but it might.
http://groups.google.com/group...ett/topics?hl=en&lnk
I got some hits just using "ellis verbs".... Confused
 
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You. Are. Amazing. As always!

For some reason, I'm not able to post a direct link to the page. However--there is a March 30, 2000 post by Mr. Ellis in that group, which uses the piece without attribution. Hm. Wonder if I can track down the exact date the original cartoon was published? In any event, I'm reasonably comfortable that the quotation is now sourced. Thanks!
 
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