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If you are tired of my short posts, at The Undiscovered Jew’s new blog there are some really long posts. You should check out.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 2, 2016 at 9:08 pm

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  1. Thanks!

    The Undiscovered Jew

    September 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  2. Someone kidding around with that font size?

    Richard Bicker

    September 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    • Ctrl +++


      September 3, 2016 at 12:50 am

    • It’s so long and the text is so tiny and then you zoom in and read it and it’s so boring. So it definitely makes me laugh but I don’t think it’s meant as a joke.


      September 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

    • It’s so long and the text is so tiny and then you zoom in and read it and it’s so boring. So it definitely makes me laugh but I don’t think it’s meant as a joke.

      How those points fit together will become clearer when I delve into the specifics of Hamiltonian politics.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      September 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

      • would “jew” fix your default body text, please? You can do it.

        Mrs Stitch

        September 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  3. He has great comments here, but the style of his blog is unbearably pompous.


    September 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm

  4. UJ, — I’ve just started reading your essay on Hamilton, and will certainly finish it, but I’m already bugged by what seem to me to be a number of verbal errors there (choice of prepositions, for example, but not just that). I don’t want to post an obnoxious-looking comment at your site listing these apparent errors. Is there any other way to bring them to your attention? (I think that they diminish the force of your writing; they certainly make it more difficult for me to attend to the ideas that you wish to convey.)


    September 3, 2016 at 6:12 am

    • Your own grammatical errors (like “seem to be a number” instead of “seems to be a number”) diminish the force of your grammar naziing.


      September 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

      • Richard, you are wrong. “Number of…” phrases such as the one Garr used are treated as plural. The following links may be helpful to you:

        Even if you had been right (which you were not) your response would still have been dumb.

        Rogal Dorn

        September 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      • “What seem to me to be a number of verbal errors” sounds more natural than “what seems to me to be a number of verbal errors”; I suppose “what” is singular, but it’s so vague that it doesn’t carry much force in determining whether the verb should be singular or plural. In any case, my own error, if that is what it is, is a slight (at most) error appearing in a comment. What others did you notice, Richard? Oh, maybe if there’s a comma after “Hamilton” there should be an “I” between “and” and “will”. I’m not sure about this. But if I were explain the magnitude of the difference between my own possible errors and the things that I’m objecting to in UJ’s essay I would appear hostile to UJ, which I am not. My comment, directed here to UJ because I truly did not want to post something on his blog that might look obnoxious, was well-intentioned; I have posted about 20 comments on his blog, including two to the essay in question.


        September 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      • Garr,

        Keep in mind I have no editor and have to balance this new experience of blogging with work. I don’t mind pointing out general errors, which I will correct on the blog itself. I would catch most of them given less time pressure.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        September 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      • I have a post at 8pm EST tonight which discusses Hamiltonian economics, economic value, and price signalling. I might release it earlier. Let me know if you see this one as an improvement over the other entries.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        September 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      • Your links just make the argument of vulgar usage (which I agree with, incidentally) that because a lot of people confuse singular with plural in a sentence’s subject, it’s therefore acceptable. But that’s hardly in the spirit of pedantry, is it? Let’s have no half-measures. When someone gets to grammar naziing I want to see some hardcore linguistic purity.

        And Garr, you’re taking yourself way too seriously. If you want to copy-edit Undiscovered Jew then just do it at his own blog without the hand-wringing.


        September 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      • Richard, the word “what” in this sentence is a relative pronoun which is treated as plural in this context because “number of verbal errors” is plural. It therefore agrees with “seem.”

        Even if Garr had made an error, his post would still have been helpful – but the error here is yours.

        Rogal Dorn

        September 3, 2016 at 9:06 pm

  5. ‘Grammar Nazi’ is one of those terms like ‘Health Fascist’ that for me hints at not entirely negative characteristics on the part of the person supposedly being insulted. An intolerance for imperfection and an insistence of maintaining certain standards and discipline are actually necessary and healthy, when balanced by other factors. It’s interesting that people don’t use ‘Grammar Communist’ to mean the same thing, even though the standards and ethos of education in Communist countries could warrant it.

    prolier than thou

    September 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    • As an inside joke, how about ‘Grammar Betar’?


      September 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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