Saturday, 25 April 2015

Crazy (Grammatically Correct) English Sentences: Part 3

Crazy English Grammar Sentences (Strange But True): Part 3

Here's my latest offering. As I said in Part 1 & Part 2 (and will no doubt repeat in Part 4, Part 5...): English grammar is kinda cool. And kinda crazy.  But you know that. 

There are rules. And there are those who break them.

And then again there are instances when something looks like it just can't possibly, ever, in a million years be correct English. Yet it is. Here are some of those. With more to follow.

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Grammatically Improbable (but correct) sentences:

1) 'I see', said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.

2) One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas; how he got into my pyjamas, I'll never know.

3) James and Billy were asked to write about their weekend. Billy wrote 'I had some ice cream at the weekend.' James wrote 'I had had had some ice cream at the weekend'.

James, while Billy had had had, had had had had. 'Had had', had been the correct answer.

4) 'I never said she stole my money' - if you place an emphasis on one word at a time it changes the meaning, I never said she stole my money, I never said she stole my money, I never said she stole my money, etc.

5) Have you ever noticed that read rhymes with lead, and read rhymes with lead?

Also read and lead don't rhyme. Neither do read and lead!



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Crazy (Grammatically Correct) English Sentences: Part 2

5 Crazy English Grammar Sentences (Strange But True): Part 2

Back again with another batch, hot off the press! As I said in Part 1:(and will no doubt repeat in Part 3, Part 4, Part 5...): English grammar is kinda cool. And kinda crazy.  But you know that. 

There are rules. And there are those who break them.

And then again there are instances when something looks like it just can't possibly, ever, in a million years be correct English. Yet it is. Here are some of those. With more to follow.

Enjoy, and comment or join our fabulous new Facebook Groups for English Teachers or English Students (or both) - details at the end of the post.

More Grammatically Improbable (but correct) Sentences:

1) "You have just begun reading the sentence you have just finished reading."

2) "One-one was a race horse.
     Two-two was one too.
     One-one won one race.
     Two-two won one too."

3) "The horse raced past the barn fell."

4) "I sometimes read read as read, when it's supposed to be read as read."

5) "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."

Buffalo! It's a noun! It's a city! It's a verb (meaning 'to intimidate')! According to the original image I saw it in: 'It plays on reduced relative clauses, different part-of-speech readings of the same word, and center embedding, all in the same sentence. Stare at it until you get the following meaning: 'Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community, also happen to intimidate other bison in their community.' I'm sure they're right!


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Friday, 24 April 2015

Crazy (Grammatically Correct) English Sentences: Part 1

Crazy English Grammar Sentences (Strange But True): Part 1

English grammar is kinda cool. And kinda crazy.  But you know that. 

There are rules. And there are those who break them.

And then again there are instances when something looks like it just can't possibly, ever, in a million years be correct English. Yet it is. Here are some of those. With more to follow.

Enjoy, and comment or join our fabulous new Facebook Groups for English Teachers or English Students (or both) - details at the end of the post. Oh, and check out Part 2, Part 3 and probably many more..! English is that crazy...

Grammatically Improbable (but correct) sentences:

1) "All the faith he had had had had no effect on his life."

2) "Wouldn't the sentence 'I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign' have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?"

3) "The old man the boats."

4) "Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana."

5) "Whether the weather be fine
     Or whether the weather be not
     Whether the weather be cold
     Or whether the weather be hot
     We'll weather the weather
     Whatever the weather
     Whether we like it or not."



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Friday, 4 October 2013

In My Experience...




Understanding Scientific Research Papers

The following list of phrases and their definitions might help you understand the mysterious language of science and medicine. These special phrases are also applicable to anyone working on a PhD dissertation or academic paper anywhere!

"IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN" - I didn't look up the original reference.

"A DEFINITE TREND IS EVIDENT" - These data are practically meaningless.

"WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS" - An unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it published.

"THREE OF THE SAMPLES WERE CHOSEN FOR DETAILED STUDY" -
The other results didn't make any sense.

"TYPICAL RESULTS ARE SHOWN" - This is the prettiest graph.

"THESE RESULTS WILL BE IN A SUBSEQUENT REPORT" -
I might get around to this sometime, if pushed / funded.

"IN MY EXPERIENCE" - Once

"IN CASE AFTER CASE" - Twice

"IN A SERIES OF CASES" - Three times

"IT IS BELIEVED THAT" - I think.

"IT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT" - A couple of others think so too.

"CORRECT WITHIN AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE" - Wrong.

"ACCORDING TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS" - Rumour has it.

"A STATISTICALLY-ORIENTED PROJECTION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE FINDINGS" - A wild guess.

"A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF OBTAINABLE DATA" - Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of beer.

"IT IS CLEAR THAT MUCH ADDITIONAL WORK WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PHENOMENON OCCURS" - I don't
understand it.

"AFTER ADDITIONAL STUDY BY MY COLLEAGUES" - They don't understand
it either.

"THANKS ARE DUE TO JOE BLOTZ FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE EXPERIMENT AND TO CINDY ADAMS FOR VALUABLE DISCUSSIONS" - Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.

"A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT AREA FOR EXPLORATORY STUDY" - A totally useless topic selected by my committee.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THIS STUDY WILL STIMULATE FURTHER INVESTIGATION IN THIS FIELD" - I quit.

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Déjà Vu




Ever feel like you've...

...milked this cow before: déjà moo
...seen this strange animal before: déjà gnu
...smelled this bad odor before: déjà phew
...visited this menagerie before: déjà zoo
...scared this person away before: déjà boo
...read this mystery book before: déjà clue
...been in this courtroom before: déjà sue
...felt this bad before: déjà rue
...felt this sad before: déjà blue
...expanded this way before: déjà grew
...seen this slime before: déjà goo
...learned this stuff before: déjà knew
...waited in line before: déjà queue
...eaten this dinner before: déjà stew
...pursued this person before: déjà woo
...forgotten this your name before: déjà who
...had this feeling of deja vu before: déjà too
...seen these twins before: déjà two
...been on this airplane before: déjà flew
...came up with this innovation before: déjà new
...fed these pigeons before: déjà coo
...sketched this portrait before: déjà drew
...ended this relationship before: déjà through
...felt this ill before: déjà flu
...sheared this sheep before: déjà ewe
...munched on this gum ball before: déjà chew
...sat through this sermon before: déjà pew
...played in this wet grass before: déjà dew
...admired this scenery before: déjà ooo
...lost it under the bed before: déjà shoo
...exposed the real facts before: déjà true
...changed this nappy (diaper) before: déjà poo

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Punification Parlour




Clean Harmless Pun...



I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words .

They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.

A dyslexic man walks into a bra .

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory-- I hope there's no pop quiz.

The Energizer bunny arrested and charged with battery.

The old man didn't like his beard at first. Then it grew on him.

Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

Broken pencils are pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with a extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

All the toilets in New York 's police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Velcro - what a rip off!

Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.

Venison for dinner? Oh deer!

Earthquake in Washington obviously government's fault.

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Three-Toed Tree Toad




Croak: The Three-Toed Tree Toad!

A Terrible Toad Tongue Twister... if you don't make a mistake, we won't believe you :-)



A tree-toad loved a she-toad 
Who lived up in a tree. 
He was a two-toed tree-toad, 
But a three-toed toad was she. 
The two-toed tree-toad tried to win 
The three-toed she-toad's heart, 
For the two-toed tree-toad loved the ground 
That the three-toed tree-toad trod. 
But the two-toed tree-toad tried in vain; 
He couldn't please her whim. 
From her tree-toad bower, 
With her three-toed power, 
The she-toad vetoed him.


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