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  • n. The state or quality of not being grammatical


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ungrammatical +‎ -ity


  • The mild ungrammaticality is well worth the extra traffic, as any Search Engine Optimization consultant could tell you.

    Short Sale Your House! (Don’t short sell it.) « Motivated Grammar

  • If ungrammaticality is the price we must pay to avoid lines like this, I accept the trade.

    Book Review: Things That Make Us [Sic] makes me slightly ill « Motivated Grammar

  • I can really make sense of your ungrammaticality judgment only as an aversion against the constructions excessive uncommonness (use of “whom” + overt relative pronoun in an object relative clause, which also seems to have become sort of uncommon) … Are “the boy to whom I gave the gift” and “the man whom I saw” really that much better for you?

    Whoever v. Whomever! Cases collide! Match of the Century! « Motivated Grammar

  • I would be surprised to find a grammar snob who felt that impoliteness was a less severe problem than ungrammaticality — that would be a serious confusal of priorities. lauracope: Indeed it ought.

    People that need people II: the subject-object distinction « Motivated Grammar

  • And please learn to spell -- I usually run from sites and comments with 'their' for 'there', 'dose' for 'does', 'it's self' for 'itself', 'alot' for 'a lot' and general ungrammaticality driven by, I suspect, rage.

    Transsexual Causation, the American Psychiatric Association, and Interpol

  • You have to admire that "drownded," which in its self-conscious ungrammaticality embodies precisely the overall tonality of self-righteous indignation.

    When The Ship Comes In

  • Reading today's NY Times, I ran across a sentence in the story "Separatist Revives Movement in Quebec" by Clifford Krauss whose ungrammaticality was even subtler than the one cited in my entry OF OF: "A government audit found that the federal government had furtively passed out tens of millions of dollars to friendly advertising companies involved in antiseparatist publicity efforts deeply offended Quebecers."

    languagehat.com: MORE LAX SYNTAX.

  • There is no analogue to grammaticality and ungrammaticality where pains are concerned.

    Chomsky's Revolution: An Exchange

  • The joke hinges on the incompatibility of property markers like genius, originality, and wealth with the orality (or ungrammaticality) which was both a great source of the peasant poet's frisson and also a sticking-point of Clare's negotiations with his editors.


  • Though the ungrammaticality of split verbs is an urban legend, it found its way into The Texas Law Review Manual on Style, which is the arbiter of usage for many law review journals.

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