"Parsesnips" are posts about miscellaneous grammatical matters I've encountered in reading. It's short for "parsing snippets". This quasi-blog could take as its motto Mao Tse-Tung's famous maxim, "He who makes no investigation and study has no right to speak (没有调查，没有发言权)" since it is based on the premise that grammatical issues can only be illuminated by looking at actual texts. However, one result of this approach is that many of the posts are tentative, groping, and detail-oriented. Despite their flaws I am leaving them here as a record of my thoughts. A couple of articles originally appeared at Spicks and Specks.
The original inspiration for the directions explored in this "quasi-blog" is this page on the use of relative clauses in describing the Basilisk at Harry Potter.