Grammar geekout

I've been happily overdosing on Season One episodes of The West Wing since I got back, including the following gem from the card game in "Mr Willis of Ohio":
BARTLET: There are fourteen punctuation marks in Standard English grammar. Can anyone name them, please? [Ed: I admit that at this point I paused the DVD to count them off myself.]
C.J.: Period.
JOSH: Comma.
MANDY: Colon.
SAM: Semi-colon.
JOSH: Dash.
SAM: Hyphen.
LEO: Ah... apostrophe.
BARTLET: That's only seven. There are seven more.
TOBY: Question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces
and ellipses.
C.J.: Ooh.
JOSH: Wow!
TOBY: Do you call the raise sir?
BARTLET: There are three words, and three words only in the English language that begin with the letters DW.
JOSH: This is a pretty good illustration of why we get nothing done.
BARTLET: Can anyone name them for me please?
SAM: Three words that begin with DW?
SAM: Dwindle.
TOBY: Dwarf.
TOBY [to Sam]: C'mon Princeton. We've got dwindle, we've got dwarf.
BARTLET: I see you five and raise you five by the way.
TOBY: Dwarf... dwindle.
LEO: Fold.
JOSH: Fold.
C.J.: Last card down.
BARTLET: "Witches brew a magic spell, in an enchanted forest where fairies..."
TOBY: Dwell! Dwell, dwell! Dwindle, dwarf and dwell!
BARTLET: Well, the answer's correct but let's check with our judges and -- oh no, I'm sorry, time's expired.
In the spirit of this, and for those of you that are as bored at work as I am, here's a little English Language trivia, linked off About Last Night, to help you while the evening away.


At 6/29/2004 6:50 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

What does US politics have to do with grammar? :0

At 6/30/2004 10:02 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Nothing, really, but trivia's always good in my book --- whereas at NIE, despite three months of a grammar workout, all I remember is that there are only seven conjunctions in the English language.

At 7/01/2004 11:07 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

So much for being an English teacher.

Maybe that's why you were sent to do GP :)

At 7/01/2004 10:07 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Hey! Teach GP, also must know grammar one!

At 3/02/2007 9:34 pm , Blogger Unknown said...

There are four.


i.e., me.


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