What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

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What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo
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James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher
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8%
We saw her duck
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25%
The coach smiled at the player tossed the frisbee
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This is the sort of English up with which I will not put
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33%
She spread the bread with socks
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8%
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
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25%
There are biscuits on the table if you want some
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Total votes: 12

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What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

Post by Sonic# » Thu Mar 22, 8:26 2018

I've selected them from here. I like the one involving a duck/ducking.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_l ... _sentences

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Post by lizpoona » Thu Mar 22, 10:45 2018

I like this one too:
"A father of a little boy goes upstairs after supper to read to his son, but he brings the wrong book. The boy says, 'What did you bring that book that I don't want to be read to out of up for?'"
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Re: What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

Post by DarkOne » Thu Mar 22, 10:51 2018

This reminds me of my favorite true assertion: I've seen the Pope naked.

Also, it took me a while, but I can now pronounce that 8 buffalo sentence with the proper inflection.
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Post by rowan » Fri Mar 23, 9:10 2018

I would like to change my vote to biscuits because I would like some, yes please.
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Re: What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

Post by melsbells » Fri Mar 23, 12:58 2018

I voted for comprehensible nonsense because Bertrand Russell!, but buffalo was close because spouse and I have practiced a similar conversation in case any friends/relations/acquaintances ask us to speak Finnish.

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Re: What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

Post by octarineoboe » Fri Mar 23, 16:04 2018

the buffalo sentence drives me nuts because i don't register buffalo as being a verb. I know it CAN be, officially, but I've only ever seen it in this example sentence so it just does not compute.

I think "up with which we will not put" is my favorite because it's so stuffy. And I like "we saw her duck" too.

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Re: What is your favorite sentence that exemplifies a weird language feature?

Post by Taurwen » Fri Mar 23, 16:55 2018

I like how the sentence "I never said she stole my money" means different things depending on which word you emphasize.

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