Mefites apparently aren’t big on inside jokes they’re not privy to. LanguageHat in particular got quite snotty:
Once again we see that making short, cryptic comments that mean nothing except to the commenter and those few people either in the know or willing to do research on somebody else’s apparently pointless comment, though a source of deep satisfaction to the commenter, is probably not a good idea.
You know, despite my interest in language I generally can’t stand linguistics-oriented blogs. Perhaps linguistics bloggers as a breed are pedantic, both in the “obsessed with minutiae” and “stern, lacking a sense of humor” senses of that word.
Or maybe I just caught the Hatmeister on a bad day.