Fun with english


English is a very complicated language! Changing one word changes the meaning of the whole sentence, or even changing the punctuation can change the entire sentence and make it something funny like:

“Let’s eat, Grandma!” (eat with grandma)

or

Let’s eat Grandma!” (eat the Grandma)

– Proof that punctuation can actually save your life! lol!😀

Here is another amusing finding by Professor Ernest Brennecke of Columbia. He is credited with inventing a sentence that can be made to have eight different meanings by placing one word in all possible positions in a sentence.

The sentence: “I hit him in the eye yesterday.”

The word: “ONLY”

Different positions  and their meanings:

  1. ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (Only I hit, No one else did.)
  2. I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (I only Hit him, did not slap him.)
  3. I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I hit only him, not others.)
  4. I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (only in the eye, not outside the eye.)
  5. I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (hit him only in the eye, not other organs.)
  6. I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (hit him in the only eye, he doesn’t have another eye.)
  7. I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (hit only yesterday, Not today.)
  8. I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (hit him yesterday only, did not wait for today.)

About srivassumit

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Posted on October 31, 2011, in Facts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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