Garden Paths

, on March 22, 2012

Garden path sentences:

The horse raced past the barn fell.
Fat people eat accumulates.
Fruit flies like a banana.

Other linguistic fun
[idea via The American Scholar]

Humor and Nonsense

, on July 26, 2011

Why is a raven like a writing desk?
What’s the difference between a duck?
Why is a mouse when it spins?
How old do you speak French?
Is it colder in Buffalo or in the winter?
What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Which would you rather eat or a train?
Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
Literary Nonsense
Turboencabulator (video)
VX Modules
Anti-humor (text)
Norm Macdonald – Moth Joke
One game


, , , , on December 18, 2010

Google Ngram Viewer shows that “fuck” used to be a lot more common in books during the 1700s and has only recently started to make a comeback. The reason for this is that there used to be common usage of the long s (ſ) in place of a normal s at the start or middle of words. One result of this is “suck” appearing to be “fuck” to Google’s character recognition software.
As a reddit commenter posts, this can be seen even more clearly when viewing suck, fuck, suckle, and fuckle plotted together. Notice that fuck takes the place of suck and fuckle the place of suckle, despite fuckle not even being a word.
[via reddit]

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