Saturday, December 24, 2016

[Eugene Volokh] The Ghost of Christmas Future Imperfect + seafood

I'm pretty sure David Keohane had this (Language Log) at Alphaville but without the seafood course.

Mark Liberman (Language Log) collects three funny cartoons on this theme. Of course, and unrelated to Christmas, this reminds me of the classic joke:
A man is on his first visit to Boston, and he wants to try some of that delicious New England seafood that he’d long heard about. So he gets into a cab, and asks the driver, “Can you take me to where I can get scrod?”

The driver replies, “I’ve heard that question a thousand time, but never in the pluperfect subjunctive.”