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Re^3: Old sorting paper holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the Schwartzian Transform

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Nov 07, 2005 at 06:17 UTC ( #506241=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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5 times for and?

Would the sentence, "I put dashes between Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish And Chips sign" be clearer if I put commas between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips?

As for is, it is kind of cheating, but, "Is is is?" is "Is is is?"

However the real record holder is buffalo. Buffalo can mean the city, the animal, or "to bewilder and confuse". Between those three meanings you can always find a correct gramatical parse for the word Buffalo, repeated any number of times. For instance, Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo! means "Buffalo buffalo bewilder and confuse buffalo that bewilder and confuse Buffalo buffalo."

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Re^4: Old sorting paper holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the Schwartzian Transform
by zentara (Archbishop) on Nov 07, 2005 at 13:24 UTC
    but, "Is is is?" is "Is is is?"

    Didn't Clinton base his whole defense on that? :-)


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Re^4: Old sorting paper holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the Schwartzian Transform
by tphyahoo (Vicar) on Nov 08, 2005 at 18:19 UTC
    There is a very nice discussion of this in The Language Instinct. My office mates and I sometimes mutter this at each other when the discussion has gotten overly abstract :)

    Another one I like from there is "Bulldogs bulldogs bulldogs fight fight fight!" The yale cheer (and also a grammatical sentence). Theoretically this can be embedded as many times as you want and still be grammatical, but the human grammar processor is typically incapable of more than three levels of embedding.

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