Is the sentence, "I hail my praise for all of your daily sandbox activities" grammatically correct?

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  • You're hailing your own praise...? That's what it sounds like. :-) – Kristina Lopez Feb 5 '15 at 15:44
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    Yours makes the second distinct example of "hail my praise" I see in a Google search. 'He was showered with praise for all of his ...' is fine, but this is outlandish. Possibly as 'grammatical' as Colorless green ideas sleep furiously, but equally outlandish. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 5 '15 at 15:53
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    You might want to leave hailing for cabs and ships. – Robusto Feb 5 '15 at 16:18
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    As @Edwin says, it’s grammatically correct, but it doesn’t make any sense. The version in the body of your question (with for) makes at least a little sense, but the version in the title, “I hail my praise in your daily sandbox activities”, is utter nonsense. A person’s sandbox activities (whatever that may be—playing with plastic buckets and shovels, presumably?) is not a place where you can hail anything, least of all your own praises. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 5 '15 at 17:53

Oxford Dictionaries (not OED) gives several meanings of the verb hail

It can mean 'to call out to (someone) to attract attention' e.g. I hailed her in English or I hailed a taxi.

It can also mean to praise (someone or something).

So the expression I hail my praise is interesting. If you are using hail in the first sense it means I call out my praise for your sandbox activities, in order to attract your attention. Somehow I don't think that is what was meant.

If you are using 'hail' in the second sense, meaning praise, you would normally say I hail your sandbox activities. It would be extravagant as it would be in the same sense as saying I hail the rescue workers who saved the man's life. Praise would be implied, so you would not need to use the word.

But, despite the superfluity of expression which it carries, I hail my praise for sounds elegant. I would be interested to know where you saw it!


The verb 'to hail' in this sense (i.e. 'to salute') though not quite archaic is usually reserved for situations of some pomp and circumstance. You might hear it in a politician's speech, say.

But if you wanted to use it grammatically (understanding that it would be understood as a sort of mock-serious extravagance) it would be:

I hail you for all of your daily sandbox activities.

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