Below are what looks like words copied and pasted over and over and over. Right?? Well, these funny sentences actually make sense, you just have to think about it, like hard… It’s known as lexical ambiguity, same words possess different meanings.
1. A ship-shipping ship ships shipping-ships.
A ship-shipping (compound participial adjective) ship (noun) ships (verb) shipping-ships (compound participial noun).
2. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
Buffalo (the city) buffalo (the animal) [that] Buffalo (the city) buffalo (the animal) buffalo (verb) buffalo (verb) Buffalo (the city) buffalo (the animal).
3. Police police Police police police police Police police.
Police is a city in Poland. Three different forms of the same word come into play above: law enforcement (the noun), the city (an adjunct noun/adjective), and the verb.
4. Can-can can-can can can can can can-can.
Can-can, the dance; can, a verb meaning “able”; and can, a second verb meaning to put in the trash, or euphemistically to outperform.
5. Will, will Will will Will Will’s will?
Will (a person), will (future tense helping verb) Will (a second person) will (bequeath) [to] Will (a third person) Will’s (the second person) will (a document)?
6. James, while John had had “had,” had had “had had”; “had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.
James, [while John had written “had,”] had written “had had”; “had had” had left a better effect on the teacher.
7. Rose rose to put rose roes on her rows of roses.
Rose, a woman.
rose, the verb meaning to get up.
rose, the flower.
rose, the color.
roes, the fish eggs (in this case, used as fertilizer).
rows, the lines.
8. If it is it, it is it; if it is it is it, it is.
If A is B, then B is C; If the idea is [that] A is C, then the idea is [correct].
9. That that exists exists in that that that that exists exists in.
[The fact] that “that” exists occurs in a situation which this “that” exists [also] occurs in.
Now, does all that make sense? You can check out the rest of the article to get a better understanding over at Business Insider. And make sure to give this a share before you go. (h/t Christina Sterbenz, with Business Insider)