GPT things

GPT-3 tends to come up with upbeat stories. Three somewhat different stories, but all with the same happy ending.

I gave GPT-3 this prompt, and ran it three times. This is the complete prompt. I did not ask it to do anything. (They are called completions, after all.)

She walked slowly as the dead fall leaves spiralled at her ankles and crunched beneath her feet.

It’s from a short story I wrote when I was 16. I was very proud of it.

on the order of things

In 2016, the BBC’s Matthew Anderson tweeted about a rule that “English speakers know, but don’t know we know.” It was a screen grab of a passage from Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence explaining that the reason “great green dragons” sounds better than “green great dragons” is that we unconsciously follow a rule that stipulates that the order of adjectives in English goes opinion-size-age-shape-color-origin-material-purpose. Size comes before color, so no “green great dragons.”

5 Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don’t Realize They Know