Monday, 7 May 2012
The Natural Order of Things
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
Nothing but a link today to an excellent article by Tom Chivers in the Telegraph. I wouldn't say that I agree with it all, but I was astonished by this little detail:
The rules of language tend to be unspoken – for instance, I didn't realise that there is a natural order to adjectives, which you will use all the time and possibly never have noticed. (The order is opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose, so a "beautiful little old round Armenian copper cooking pot", for instance. Try it out of order to see how weird it sounds.)
An imaginary prize will be awarded to anybody who can dream up an elegant exception.