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srirr
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 2:00:13 AM

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Just got this in an email:
Professor Ernest Brennecke of Columbia is credited with inventing a sentence that can be made to have eight different meanings by placing ONE WORD in all possible positions in the sentence: "I hit him in the eye yesterday".

The Query: What is this word...?
The Answer: The word is "ONLY".

The Message:

1. ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else did.)
2. I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (Did not slap him.)
3. I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit others.)
4. I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit outside the eye.)
5. I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (Not other organs.)
6. I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (He doesn't have another eye.)
7. I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (Not today.)
8. I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (Did not wait for today.)
lenam
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 2:57:24 AM
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…like how the placement of commas changes the meaning of the sentence in the popular sentence…

The panda eats shoots and leaves.
The panda eats, shoots, and leaves.
The panda eats shoots, and leaves.

ludic
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 6:33:31 AM

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4 and 5 don't seem much different to me...
tashudee
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 6:37:39 AM
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Dear Rose

I want a gal who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other gal. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy - will you let me be yours?

Jack

Hey I misplaced the punctuation I think. read the original statement.


Dear Rose

I want a gal who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other gal, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,

Jack

d'oh! d'oh! d'oh!
pedro
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 7:13:17 AM
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Applause Applause




....and sometimes when you'd had a few drinks it would come out like that!
GabhSigenod
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 7:38:16 AM

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The professor may need a new hobby.
money
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 9:44:02 AM
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pedro wrote:

Applause Applause




....and sometimes when you'd had a few drinks it would come out like that!


Don't forget to hit F7 before sending after a couple of drinks! Anxious
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 10:24:15 AM

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Is professor F7 teacher of James Bond?
KenMac
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 10:46:18 AM
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7 and 8 aren't much different, either, in the ONLY sentences.
thar
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 10:51:40 AM

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KenMac wrote:
7 and 8 aren't much different, either, in the ONLY sentences.


I think only yesterday and yesterday only are very different, because the phrase only yesterday, means recently in perception,

it feels like only yesterday, that I was that young!

yesterday only, means just yesterday, not before that, and not since

hit yesterday, hit tomorrow, but never hit today!

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