Wugs across the centuries

Wug.jpgWugs have endured into the 21st century. Wugs were invented in 1958, by Jean Berko Gleason. Gleason described them to an unprepared world, in her paper “The Child’s Learning of English Morphology,” Word, vol. 14, 1958, pp. 150-77.

Wugs are what showed that little kids are savvy about about making plurals. The Wug Test showed a drawing (reproduced here) of a wug and then a drawing of two wugs, and asked:

This is a wug.
Now there is another one.
There are two of them.
There are two ______.

Nowadays wugs turn up in unexpected places.

There are wugs on mugs.

There are wugs (of a sort) as rugs.

And there are wugs in Wales:


One Response to “Wugs across the centuries”

  1. Honestly… « tossed in translation, too Says:

    […] However, like all human languages(pl.), conlangs must operate with the human facility for language(sg.), and may reflect different bits and pieces of it. Simple constructed languages are in use as tools for linguistic research for decades already, starting probably with our dear old friend the wug. […]