Sorting...is it just me? OT

Mark Smith mark at maseurope.net
Thu Oct 7 12:47:44 EDT 2004


On 7 Oct 2004, at 17:00, use-revolution-request at lists.runrev.com wrote:

> I still don't get the
> buffalo one.
>

It's a bit of a stretch, admittedly, but this is it:

'Buffalo' are animals, the plural has no final 's'
'Buffalo' is a city
'To buffalo' is a verb meaning to coerce in some way

therefore

Buffalo buffalo (animals from the city of Buffalo) buffalo (coerce) 
other Buffalo buffalo...

Useless, but grammatical.

For more bizarre sentences ("what did you bring the book I don't like 
to be read to out of up for?", yes, that's FIVE prepositions at the 
end) read "The Language Instinct" by Stephen Pinker. A fascinating 
book, and not just for the weird sentence stuff.

Anyway, Back to Runrev...

I still think 'sort cards of stack "myStack" by the name of this card' 
is weird....since 'this cd' would be a synonym for 'cd 4' if that was 
the current card, so it's as if you said 'sort cards of stack "myStack" 
by the name of cd 4' (which I just tried, BTW, and with no error. It 
moves cd 4 to cd 1, but leaves the order of the rest unchanged).

Cheers,

Mark



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