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Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 March, 2010 | permalink

“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs.

In this sentence, ‘buffalo’ can mean the animal, the city in New York, or a verb meaning ‘to bully’. It was first used by William J. Rapaport in 1972, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo.

Try squeezing that into your next conversation…

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