Sunday, January 29, 2017


Every grammar book will tell there are four Aspects in English, they make more than a dozen tenses, and we can get quite mixed up on those, if we only think about real time and book definitions.

I don't believe in travel in time. You see, going some, well, long time back, you'd either have two bodies or you'd have to be wearing diapers back again yourself.

Bob says there ain't no way he'd care to travel in time. Actually, I don't know about anyone really interested, and I've asked a few folks. Maybe, we should not think only about time, for grammar tenses.

Jemma here: I'm reading about grammar.

We can gather on facts strictly. Some people, some years ago, agreed to name the English tenses. They said those tenses would be the Simple, Continuous or Progressive (there is still no total agreement), and Perfect Continuous or Progressive.

We kids like to do things for fun. Sometimes, we play the vaulters. We come up with real, long words. One wins if the other folks like the use. We renamed the Aspects, once.

My winners were the "panlogistic" for the Simple (most verbs we look up are like the Simple), and the "autoschediastic" for the Progressive: when I was little I said we were sure running out of the strawberry jam and that was why I could not bring it, and it had been me eating it up.

Obviously, we don't just rename things to make new things. If we give an old thing a new name, it is still the old thing, only with another name. And for the real grammar matter, we must think up own perspectives.

In our perspective, Simple tenses are not objectively about simple things, and Progressive tenses do not always tell about advancement. The names Simple and Progressive are grammar labels.

To exercise the tenses, we have a game where we think also about space. You see, when you speak, you always are in some three-dimensions.

You can get everything cheap or even make it home, for the game. I asked dad if he'd get me a printed board covered in plastic, you know, there is wear and tear, and he did it just for a few dimes, in a local printshop.

See if you can do the brainteasers about the short words ON, IN, TO, and AT.

We got a huge map of America. Wyoming 70 has been Bob's recent route. You can get the satellite over Google maps, It is enough to use the search field.

There aren't any universal rules, to play the game. You just get along with your pals. We start in the middle, and get to one of the borders, or we get to a town or city from a border. We score all along. Recently, Alice scored enormously with Lake Heebeecheeche. We agreed to grant super extra points for place names of 4 syllables or longer.

You know what regular dice look. They have 6 sides, and the score usually depends on the dots. We have made scoring more human-dependent.

I can tell you about dice and scoring on an example. This is where Bob is now on Wyoming 70, in Google. You can see the small figure in the lower right corner.

One dot in the dice is the PRESENT. You score 10, if you make a correct sentence, you score extra if you use a long word.

And don't forget, for the PRESENT, you can move sideways, go to the left, to the right, or at an angle, that is. With the PAST, you have to go backwards. For the FUTURE, you move forward, of course. Now, imagine the dice is ON. Dot value is 1.

Bob doesn't want to get off the road. If he comes up with a valuter, he stays on the road.

Bob says,
"John is a negativist".

John could never agree, but when he denies, he uses the negative, Bob says.

Two dots are the PAST. Three dots are the FUTURE. The other dots count dynamically. 4, 5, or 6 dots count as you interpret them. If you want two moves back, because you've changed your mind, for example, you take 4 dots for twice 2. If you want to go forward and turn, you make it 3 +1.

All along, we allow vaulters. And we allow new words. If you come up with a new word, I mean a real word only nobody knows it, you go half way your goal. Highways, mountain peaks, lakes, and towns score extra.

Word associations score super extra. Towns are great for those. I'll show you a score 300. This is Google for Delano, California, Jefferson street.

I saw the word "aegis", looked it up, checked on a synonym, and came up with a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the president.

Guys gave me 300 points! See how I made it.

I have told you we never blindly follow dictionaries, and that for a reason. See this: "many American mothers, under the aegis of benevolent permissiveness ⋯ actually neglect their children" ― says an example from Merriam-Webster Collegiate.

Seriously, folks, there is nothing to waste me more than punishment. Fortunately, mom is a free-thinker, as she always says when she means she does not care to follow. Fortunately, she's got real broad horizons, altogether.

Now, folks, an aegis is like a shield. We can say something or someone is under an aegis or auspices.

Auspicious things bring advantage, and that comes with good luck, at times. This is what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: "I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm".

Sure it is not to keep birds dieting or waiting for lunch. I take it, he meant we need to play fair, if we compete. If you want to see the horrible thing about good mothers, click here.

I mean, guys, you can set the rules yourselves and choose what you follow in your dictionary. I am thinking about a game with custom dice, dad says he'll reckon. And maybe I tell you about the Ziggurat, later.