Smile Buffalo

Buffalo buffalo that Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”


This is an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs. It has been discussed in literature since 1972 when the sentence was used by William J. Rapaport, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo.[1]


The meaning becomes even clearer when synonyms are used: “Buffalo-origin bison that other Buffalo bison intimidate, themselves bully Buffalo bison.”


Courtesy of my nephew at Cornell who shared this with me on our drive back to campus.

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