Thursday, December 17, 2009

That's English...

1. James, while John had had "had", had had "had had", "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

2. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

3. That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is.

Do you understand what it is these sentences are saying? If you don't, stay up really late, eat a pound of gummy worms and you may be able to understand them, even if only for a brief moment. Lucky for you, I hit both those criteria I'll do my best at translating for you.

1. "While John had used 'had,' James had used 'had had.' The teacher had preferred 'had had'.

2. Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community also happen to intimidate other bison in their community. *Note, to intimidate is "to buffalo".

3. Easy to understand with just some added punctuation. "That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.

It's amazing the clarity that gummy worms can bring.



kate n. said...

Lay off the gummy worms, my friend.

Rustin said...

Does not sense make, sense does it not make, not sense it does make.

Kate said...

I'm so dizzy from that I'm going to puke.

Jeanne Stricklin said...


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