View Single Post
Old 12-30-2012, 06:34 AM   #9
Tannhauser
Senior Member
Max Brawn
 
Tannhauser's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 3,427
Training Exp: 30+
Training Type: Other
Fav Exercise: Anything overhead
Fav Supp: Creatine. C'est tout.
Reputation: 432558
Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!Tannhauser is one with Crom!
Default

How about:

Quote:
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
This is both grammatically correct and has meaning.

We have:

1. Buffalo, as in 'City of Buffalo, New York state'
2. buffalo, as in large herbivore aka bison, plural
3. buffalo, meaning to bully or intimidate.

So:

A [Buffalo buffalo] B [Buffalo buffalo buffalo] C [buffalo Buffalo buffalo]

A: Bison that are from the city of Buffalo...
B: ...which are bullied by other bison from the city of Buffalo...
C: ...in turn bully other bison from the city of Buffalo.

It took me ages to understand this, because in normal speech you would include a link between A and B, like this:


Quote:
Buffalo buffalo which Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
...but actually there's no grammatical need for a 'which' or 'that' in that place.

My explanation uses the wikipedia entry, full version here: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It's just a pity that the opportunity to legitimately use this sentence in conversation is never, ever going to arise.
__________________
230 strict press @ 220; bodyweight+187 X 4 dips @ 180; 403 front squat @ 210; 10 000 push-ups.

Ignoring irrelevant credentials since I was 17.
Tannhauser is online now   Reply With Quote