Six-Word Stories Reveal A Lot
I don't know if you've caught the six-word bug that's been showing up more and more in the news. Here are some clever examples. (Warning: you'll have to think twice about the first one):
- Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time - Alan Moore
- Easy. Just touch the match to - Ursula K. Le Guin
- Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer? - Eileen Gunn
- Bob's last message: Bermuda Triangle, Baloney. - Elmore Leonard
For Sale: Baby shoes, never used.Written to settle a bar bet? A personal challenge directed at other famous authors? No one knows for sure.
The latest and greatest bit of news in this arena was the New Yorker Magazine's coverage of a new book of six-word memoirs in an article written entirely in six-word sentences. One of the many fun responses to the article was on Digg.com. Another fun place to visit is the Six-Word story group on Flickr. Here are some of my husband Dave's photos in that group:
- Never underestimate a Minnesota Monday morning
- When the snake sheds its skin
- Only blue skies coming my way
- Thanksgiving is many circles of love
Amazingly crazy, yet grammatically correct sentences
First, there is the famous "Buffalo" sentence: the word "buffalo" repeated up to twelve times making a grammatically correct sentence. ("Buffalo" can have four different meanings, making this possible.) It's based around a sentence like this one:
People salespeople fool often fool other people themselves.
If we replaced people with "Buffalo," and replaced salespeople with "buffalo," and replaced fool with "buffalo," you begin to the get the idea. Here's a good explanation of the buffalo sentence on Wikipedia. Read the last part first to make better sense of what's going on.
Lastly, there is the question: How many times in a row could the word "had" occur in a gramatically correct sentence? Amazingly, it can be used 11 times in a row. There's another Wikipedia article on this as well. Here's the middle of the actual URL at Wikipedia, good for a laugh on it's own:
Other interesting language articles:
- Useful words that English doesn't have, but could use!
- Communication: How not to do it
- Dyslexic Language Nerds, Untie!
- Funny Rules for Writing: A Cool Teacher's List
- All Language articles on this blog