In What The French?!, we have an appendix called “PTK’s Chartopia” (PTK=Pretentious Technicality Kid, a recurring character in our grammar review book)—a land full of nothing but charts, for people who are into that sort of thing. Charts probably put most readers to sleep (myself included), but they can also be useful, and sometimes even beautiful. Here are five examples excavated from the massive Gallica online collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France:
I don’t know who colored this verb chart, but I love it.
This book goes from individual letters, to the alphabet, to syllables, to words, and so on.
Individual manuscript pages from 1701-1900 are grouped into this book. I never knew that personal pronouns could look so elegant.
hmmm. could somebody please get out the watercolors?
From a short pamphlet that promises to teach you the gender of 14,500 French nouns in 10 minutes. All I have to say is “What the French?!”