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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby EricH » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:34 pm UTC

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?
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby barcajunior » Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:11 am UTC

It sounds quite complicated.

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby pruwyben » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:51 am UTC

i thought of one today:

People people people people people people people people.

To clarify, "people people" is the plural of "people person", as in a person who is good with people, and the verb "people" as in to populate.
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby joeframbach » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:33 am UTC

There is a group of persons who go around populating their own group with more of the same persons? Makes sense to me.

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby rabuf » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:32 pm UTC

I'm surprised no one has posted this one yet:
Make make.
Make make make make.
Make make make make make make...

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby mormagli » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:36 am UTC

I was wondering what y'all thought of this one:

Ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja

they may be slang definitions, but I've heard ninja used as an adjective and a verb as well as as a noun (both singular and plural)

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby Xanthir » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:26 pm UTC

Works for me. If we define adjective-ninja to be "cool", verb-ninja to be "steal from", and noun-ninja to be "pirate", then an interpretation of it is thus:
"Pirates that cool pirates steal from in turn steal from pirates that other pirates steal from."
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby trvsdrlng » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:49 am UTC

Xanthir wrote:Works for me. If we define adjective-ninja to be "cool", verb-ninja to be "steal from", and noun-ninja to be "pirate", then an interpretation of it is thus:
"Pirates that cool pirates steal from in turn steal from pirates that other pirates steal from."

But ninjas and pirates aren't the same! They're in a battle for world supremacy! Sheesh, couldn't you have put ninja or something like that?
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby Xanthir » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:00 am UTC

trvsdrlng wrote:
Xanthir wrote:Works for me. If we define adjective-ninja to be "cool", verb-ninja to be "steal from", and noun-ninja to be "pirate", then an interpretation of it is thus:
"Pirates that cool pirates steal from in turn steal from pirates that other pirates steal from."

But ninjas and pirates aren't the same! They're in a battle for world supremacy! Sheesh, couldn't you have put ninja or something like that?

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby xerxesbeat » Sat May 30, 2015 6:03 am UTC

a solution has been provided that solves this out to an infinite number of 'and's

The landlord of a pub called The Pig And Whistle asked a signwriter to make a new sign. When he saw it he thought that the words were too close together so he said to the signwriter “I want more space between Pig and And and And and Whistle”.

Wouldn't the sentence "I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign" have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby quintopia » Sat May 30, 2015 1:11 pm UTC

shit - adj. terrible
shit - pl. n. persons who are all good for nothing
shit - v. defecate
shit - n. fecal matter

Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby Wildcard » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:47 am UTC

EricH wrote:
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?
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby CharlieP » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:55 pm UTC

I remember somebody telling me about a disagreement between two classmates over an English writing test a long time ago. As I remember it, John, where Mike had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had the teacher's approval, much to Mike's annoyance.
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby SPACKlick » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:56 pm UTC

I quite like the chinese poem as an example.

Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī.
Shì shíshí shì shì shì shī.
Shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì.
Shì shí, shì Shī Shì shì shì.
Shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì, shǐ shì shí shī shìshì.
Shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shíshì.
Shíshì shī, Shì shǐ shì shì shíshì.
Shíshì shì, Shì shǐ shì shí shì shí shī.
Shí shí, shǐ shí shì shí shī shī, shí shí shí shī shī.
Shì shì shì shì.

translated
In a stone den was a poet with the family name Shi, who was a lion addict, and had resolved to eat ten lions.
He often went to the market to look for lions.
At ten o'clock, ten lions had just arrived at the market.
At that time, Shi had just arrived at the market.
He saw those ten lions, and using his trusty arrows, caused the ten lions to die.
He brought the corpses of the ten lions to the stone den.
The stone den was damp. He asked his servants to wipe it.
After the stone den was wiped, he tried to eat those ten lions.
When he ate, he realized that these ten lions were in fact ten stone lion corpses.
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby Qaanol » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:02 am UTC

Several words that can be repeated like ‘buffalo’ are listed in this thread. I think my favorite is ‘physics’, though ‘felt’ is also quite clever.
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Postby Sableagle » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:36 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:the scariest sentence?
"raptor raptor raptor raptor raptor raptor raptor raptor"

"Only 178 of 213 velociraptors have been located, leaving 35 velociraptors unlocated."

http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2014/06/26/ ... o-buffalo/
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby DrZiro » Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:22 am UTC

What saddens me is that the Latin name is "Bison bison", and not "Buffalo buffalo".

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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby Carlington » Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:55 am UTC

It looks like this thread died a few months ago before being necro'd, but this is as good a time as any to leave this relevant link here.
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Re: Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Postby Sableagle » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:25 pm UTC

If we're into Latin names, now, check out the gecko, Gecko gecko,, and the Western lowland gorilla, Gorilla gorilla gorilla.
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