FOUR YEARS OF LANGUAGEHAT.

A couple of commenters in the previous thread alerted me to the fact that it’s been four years since I turned the crank on this jalopy and got it running for the first time. Since then it’s sputtered and emitted billows of steam and suffered the occasional flat, but it’s still running, and the thanks for that goes to all of you who comment with such persistence, humor, and knowledge—I’ve probably learned as much from you by now as I did from any of my college courses.
The thing I regret most is the fact that I have to keep closing comments on old posts to keep the spam level down to a dull roar; some of the oldest have some of the liveliest comment threads (for instance, my assault on David Foster Wallace’s pretensions to language expertise, written less than two weeks into the existence of LH). I try to keep the most interesting ones open in the hopes that people will discover them and leave new comments. Blogs without comments are like artificial flowers, if you ask me: they can be pretty but they don’t hold the interest.
Four years is a long time in BlogWorld, but I still find this an invigorating ride and will keep motorvating until I run out of gas.

Comments

  1. Congratulations!

  2. 御目出度う御座居ます!

  3. Congratulations and thanks!

  4. Поздравляю!!
    Incidentally, WordPress has excellent spam control, though I understand that switching blog platforms is a big pain.

  5. Van harte gefeliciteerd met de vier jaar, TaalHoed!

  6. Ja, veels geluk, TaalHoed!

  7. Ja, veels geluk, TaalHoed!

  8. Happy Blogday! Geez, it’s been so long since I’ve left a comment, it doesn’t even remember my info. Well, even though I may not often feel I know enough to contribute to the discussion, I do keep up with the blog and have come to value it both for the information and insights I glean from it as well as for the exceptionally clear thinking and graceful writing. Keep it up!

  9. Tim May says:

    Happy anniversary, Hat. Many congratulations, and keep up the good work.

  10. Siganus Sutor says:

    LH: will keep motorvating until I run out of gas.
    Aren’t we supposed to have a few decades of oil left ahead? But maybe the barrel will soon reach an unaffordable price, alas.

  11. Many happy returns!

  12. Palju õnne, Keelekybar!

  13. If I may plagiarize MAB’s comment:
    Congratulations and thanks!

  14. Ad me’a u eshrim, Hat.

  15. Oops. My congratters ended up in the wrong subject. Sorry; they remain heartfelt.

  16. That’s OK — that post was feeling kind of lonely with no comments!

  17. mazel tov, may all your possessives be properly apostrophized!

  18. Bardzo dobrze, Languagehat! Wszystkiego najlepszego!

  19. Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for all you provide here!

  20. Bravo et merci !

  21. hillbillyswamp says:

    Congrats — I’m another regular lurker who doesn’t know enough to contribute to the discussion, but this is word-nerd heaven and I love it, so thanks.

  22. Good job, hatmeister. Four more years!

  23. Llongyfarchion, parabens, and እንኳን ደስ አለሽ!
    Here’s to four to the fourth more!

  24. John Cowan says:

    Incidentally, WordPress has excellent spam control, though I understand that switching blog platforms is a big pain.

    And here we are.

  25. Indeed!

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