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Fantastically, Grammatically Correct

Ellen Grey Carter // Mental Floss: 7 Sentences that Sound Crazy but are Still Grammatically Correct

Okay fellow writers.  Sometimes, I do weird things with grammar.  I don’t always know it, either.  But this is crazy.

The lovely and wonderfully insane people over at Mental Floss put together a list of sentences that really don’t make much sense, but are grammatically correct.  Thought you would enjoy this.

1. ONE MORNING I SHOT AN ELEPHANT IN MY PAJAMAS. HOW HE GOT INTO MY PAJAMAS I’LL NEVER KNOW.

2. THE HORSE RACED PAST THE BARN FELL.

3. THE COMPLEX HOUSES MARRIED AND SINGLE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

4. THE RAT THE CAT THE DOG CHASED KILLED ATE THE MALT.

5. ANYONE WHO FEELS THAT IF SO-MANY MORE STUDENTS WHOM WE HAVEN’T ACTUALLY ADMITTED ARE SITTING IN ON THE COURSE THAN ONES WE HAVE THAT THE ROOM HAD TO BE CHANGED, THEN PROBABLY AUDITORS WILL HAVE TO BE EXCLUDED, IS LIKELY TO AGREE THAT THE CURRICULUM NEEDS REVISION.

6. BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO.

7. THIS EXCEEDING TRIFLING WITLING, CONSIDERING RANTING CRITICIZING CONCERNING ADOPTING FITTING WORDING BEING EXHIBITING TRANSCENDING LEARNING, WAS DISPLAYING, NOTWITHSTANDING RIDICULING, SURPASSING BOASTING SWELLING REASONING, RESPECTING CORRECTING ERRING WRITING, AND TOUCHING DETECTING DECEIVING ARGUING DURING DEBATING.

Click here to visit the post and see their explanations!

{I feel it is only fair that I warn you, however, that the Mental Floss website has the ability to derail an entire day’s work.  It’s slightly addictive and full of a plethora of useless but super entertaining knowledge.}

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3 comments on “Fantastically, Grammatically Correct

  1. MissTiffany
    March 5, 2013

    Oh my goodness. I had to read most of those three or four times before I got it. I don’t trust myself to head over to Mental Floss yet however, as I have an entire afternoon of work left. Nice post!

  2. chrismobley1012
    March 5, 2013

    Thank you for sharing!
    Chris Mobley
    http://www.cmobleydesigns.com

  3. electronicbaglady
    March 6, 2013

    Love the Marx (Groucho) quote in particular – and thought of Flanders and Swann:
    “She lowered her standards by raising her glass
    Her courage, her eyes and his hopes”
    It makes sense but the grammar play is great!
    🙂

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