13 Word Sentence… From the Same Word.
The word “Buffalo” is a noun, a Proper noun, and a verb..
buffalo (the animal)
buffalo (Verb - to coerce, intimidate)
With these three meanings, one can make a five word sentence:
Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
This is the equivalent to saying, “New York bison intimidate (other) New York bison”.
I was not the originator of this sentence, and I’m not sure who was. I found it via StumbleUpon on a Wikipedia article.
However, after some boredom and related thought, I think I’ve found a way to expand the maximum amount of “buffalo” in a sentence by 160% - From 5 to 13 words. Well, actually, I came up with 11, a friend of mine contributed the other two.
The adjusted sentence works like this:
It must be understood as an exclamatory sentence - as if one buffalo is speaking to a group of buffalo who, as a more digestible scenario would hold, are listening to the speaker explain that the intimidation process is cyclical (woah, say those three words 3 times fast!) in that it is a tendency for others to coerce others that they witness others intimidating …… (?) Just follow along, we’re almost there.
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo: Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.
A synonym sentence would read like so: “New York bison (whom other) New York bison intimidate: (I’ve noticed that other) New York bison intimidate (those) New York bison (whom other) New York Bison intimidate. The first five words are the speaker addressing the group to obtain their attention. Functionally, it could be boiled down to a single word: “Hey:”. The following 8 words are the description of what other buffalo typically do to buffalo that they witness other buffalo intimidating - which is to also intimidate them.
I suppose it would make sense for the speaking buffalo to then follow by saying that they should do something about their being intimidated, so as to not allow others to feel capable of intimidating them perpetually… But that hardly matters to the logic/function of the sentence itself.
I’ve been so intrigued with constructing this sentence that I feel that I may have blinded myself the possibility of a working sentence with an EVEN GREATER number of buffalo within it.
So, as a challenge to any who read this, try to out do my 13 word buffalo sentence and let me know what you come up with and how it works. You can either shoot for more words, or even a different approach in meaning. Your call.