quintopia wrote:However, parsing sentences like "The bird the cat the dog the boy owned chased ate died" is quite fun, and its almost unbelievable when you realize they are grammatically correct.
Reminds me of a story--a young boy was used to bedtime stories, but his mother decided he could use a little more education, so she found a book about Australia on their bookshelf, and read from that at bedtime. After a few nights of this, when she went upstairs to his bedroom, and he saw that this evening would continue the string of bedtime readings about Australia, his exclamation was our parseable sentence:
"What did you bring that book that I didn't want to be read to out of about down under up for"
If it's bad grammar to end a sentence with a preposition, how do we feel about ending with eight prepositions in a row?