It started on Twitter, as these things often do. I read a comment about linguists and lexicographers being to language ‘what grave robbers are to archeology’ (the context: hatred of the newly popular because X phrase), and I tweeted it with a raised eyebrow.
Jonathon Owen replied that he wished he’d been given a ‘leather jacket, bullwhip, and fedora’ upon graduation, James Callan said he wanted to see an ‘Indiana Jones pastiche focused on a linguist’, and I felt it was a meme waiting to happen. So without further ado, let me introduce Indo-European Jones (or Indy for short).
James got the
giant boulder ball rolling (click on images to enlarge):
I jumped on the
mine cart meme-wagon:
James added another:
Jonathon joined in:
And more of mine follow, for silliness’ sake. Apologies to Jonathon for this next one – I think vowels works better as an echo of powers:
These all refashion lines from the films, but if you take a notion to modify the meme some other way, please do. Here’s the blank image I used. (Font style: Calibri, white, engraved.)
From @glossaria – because ‘Indy needs a partner’:
@JoeScience sends this one:
Language Hat, after following up on this post, said his wife liked my first Indo-European Jones so much (Nothing shocks me… I’m a linguist), she put it up as a poster in the kitchen. Here’s a photo he sent: