Links for June 11, 2008
June 11, 2008 @ 7:02 am | Filed under: Links
- Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo. – But can you use the word "and" five times in a row in a grammatically correct sentence?
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Now that’s just gonna bug me all day! I can’t think of a way that “and” is a verb… So I get… [The word] “and” (functioning as a noun) and [another word] “and” (another noun)… but then I need a verb, don’t I?
I’m totally “buffaloed”! LOL!
On June 11, 2008 at 7:35 am
Melissa Wiley says:
ROFL. A hint: unlike the buffalo sentence, this one has other words in addition to and. It’s a long sentence in which “and” can be used correctly five times in a row.
Another hint: I heard it as part of a story about an English pub sign. There are other ways to make it work, though.
You’re on the right track, though, Karla. 🙂 It’s used as a noun and a conjunction only. Not a verb.
On June 11, 2008 at 7:38 am
Mr And and Mrs And went to And Village and visited their And relatives.
On June 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm
Sorry, I suppose actually you have to have no breaks between the Ands? In which case you just need several people named And, as in “There once was a family who named both their children And – And and And, and you may imagine the confusion which resulted from this.”
Not an interesting or inventive sentence, but it does the job.
On June 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm
I have twelve.
The sentence Patience wrote has “and” and “and” and “and” and “and” and “and” and “and” and “and” and the overall effect is very repetitive.
And try typing that on an iPod touch!
On June 11, 2008 at 2:26 pm
Oh bother! Two too many ands …it should be an ‘ “and” and’ less. Screen too small and I lost count.
On June 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm
Melissa Wiley says:
LOL Kathryn!!! Well done!
The answer I’ve heard to this riddle is this: The owner of a quaint English pub, the Bull and Thistle, commissioned a painter to make him a sign. After some discussion, he decided he did not want hyphens between BULL and AND and AND and THISTLE.
On June 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm
No grammarian here, but I want you to know that I actually have met the Buffalo buffalo to whom your link refers. And I have a membership to their zoo home!!! 🙂
On June 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm