[quote=“joesax”]On the offchance that you feel like doing a word puzzle:
This sentence, written by a student of Steven Pinker, isn’t clear at all. But it is grammatically legal.
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.[/quote]
I can see “Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” (in other words, how Buffalo buffalo could buffalo Buffalo buffalo). I can even understand if “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” (those same buffalo from Buffalo doing the Buffalo buffalo, like the Tennessee waltz and the Charleston, to other Buffalo buffalo). I can even see “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” (those same shaggy creatures doing the Buffalo buffalo to buffaloed Buffalo buffalo). But I cannot see “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” as making sense. Unless of course there’s a special way to buffalo buffalo in Buffalo. Then it would be “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo”.
The sequence would be (adjective to describe location of) noun + epynomous dance + eponymous form of bullying + (adjective to describe location of) noun. The buffalo from Buffalo do the Buffalo buffalo dance with those buffalo from Buffalo which have been intimidated (or buffaloed) in a way that is particular to Buffalo. New York, that is. Glad I explained that because when I look at it again, I will probably forget how I reasoned it.
And of course, now the word “buffalo” looks like a nonsense word to me since I’ve been overstimulated by it. It looks like it would make more sense backwards… olaffub… to help clear my mind.
I think I’ve just found a new swear word. Olaffub you and the buffalo you rode in on!
BTW, I haven’t heard the name Steven Pinker since I finished my linguistics degree five years ago.
And I think I win for the most uses of the word “buffalo” in a single post where it makes sense.