Monday, 15 December 2008

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"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct sentence.

The sentence is unpunctuated and uses three different readings of the word "buffalo". These are:
  • the city of Buffalo, New York
  • the animal buffalo, in the plural (equivalent to "buffaloes" or "buffalos")
  • the verb "buffalo" meaning to bully, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.
The sentence reads as a description of the pecking order in the social hierarchy of buffaloes living in Buffalo:

THE buffalo FROM Buffalo WHO ARE buffaloed BY buffalo FROM Buffalo ALSO buffalo THE buffalo FROM Buffalo.

[OR] Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community also intimidate other bison in their own community.