Note From Jon


Monday, May 14, 2007

"Most Redundant Post Ever"

A few months back someone posted on Slashdot that a previous statement was "the most redundant sentence ever". The next post correctly corrected them and pointed to the Buffalo article on Wikipedia. Clearly the original post wasn't as redundant as the grammatically correct sentence Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Or perhaps a bit more understandably Buffalo bison [that] Buffalo bison bully bully Buffalo bison. Apparently this example will show up in a book I just borrowed to read, Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct. In hindsight the sentence may not have been redundant at all, but rather just repetitive.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dude, that is hysterical. My friend Darin was in that guys class at UB(our college), and tried to explain the buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo thing....