Kitty Pidgin

Anil Dash has written about a subject I have been pondering lately (the weather’s too nice for my tinfoil hat *sigh*): Cats Can Has Grammar. Or, in other words, the “lolcat Internet meme” (see this site for instance) involves a grammatically consistent subset of English. Technically (I am taking Anil’s word for it) it’s a pidgin.

Funny cat picture

I find this fascinating, as well as funny. Be sure to read all of Anil’s post, and the comments.

I can’t believe I am late for a business meeting because I wrote this post.

(Via Brent Simmons. Picture created using Gordon McNaughton’s LolCat Builder.)

Update: Massive over-analysis of the phenomenon here (with fancy diagrams).

Comments 2

  1. tobe wrote:

    picky troll asks:
    Isn’t this actually a change of spelling rather than grammar?

    Posted 27 Apr 2007 at 21:39
  2. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    Within the scope of this particular example, yes. However, I was alluding to kitten pidgin in general. It’s not funny when you have to explain it…

    Posted 28 Apr 2007 at 7:04