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11th Sep '17 2:32:30 PM snowshoecat
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** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick said something along these lines in her review of ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' at the end of the Beetle Ball scene:
--->'''Chick:''' For reasons unknown, she ends up in her underwear where the beetles all start singing about how ugly she is, ending with Gilbert Gottfried smacking her on the ass... But really, how many times in life do you get to say that?
9th Sep '17 2:22:16 PM CountDorku
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* [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling]], having encountered a creature he dubbed a "trombone sloth" in an Early Access game called "Wrongworld":
-->'''Jim:''' Oh god, it's got a little anus! It's got a little butthole! Look at that! Shameless! [is attacked by a tree stump monster] Oh, go away! I'm trying to look at a trombone sloth's butthole! ...That's a sentence that I've had to say today.
4th Sep '17 10:09:16 AM GothicProphet
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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/11990775 The Very Wine of Blessedness]]'', Sam gives us this line.
--> '''Sam:''' Are you telling me that Eru Iluvatar is worse than spiders?
--> Frodo had no reply to this, and indeed was not entirely comfortable with the existence of that sentence at all.
4th Sep '17 9:41:11 AM GothicProphet
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8544839/12/It-Seemed-Like-A-Good-Idea-At-The-Time It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time]]'', everyone pause when Natasha asks why there is a turkey in the elevator.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8544839/12/It-Seemed-Like-A-Good-Idea-At-The-Time It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time]]'', everyone pause pauses when Natasha asks why there is a turkey in the elevator.
23rd Aug '17 1:00:13 PM Malady
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* From ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' when [[ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount Victor]] refers to [[UnhappyMedium Satori]] as [[MyBrainIsBig Zodon]]'s girlfriend.
-->'''Zodon:''' I want her to ''ionize the area'' with the [[PowersViaPossession help]] of ''the ghost of an Indian'' who almost ''electrocuted'' me about [[TimeTravel two hundred years ago]], not go with me to the ''Harvest Ball!''\\
'''Victor:''' Ah, well. ''That'' makes sense.
23rd Aug '17 9:51:31 AM AnotherDuck
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* Noam Chomsky's sentence "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" -- the point was that it had never been written/spoken before and makes no sense, but is still grammatical and therefore comprehensible. This one has been repeated enough that it no longer counts. Linguistics books usually use [[TextbookHumor weird and goofy sentences]] to make this same point. (These are usually known a WordSalad.)\\

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* Noam Chomsky's sentence "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" -- the point was that it had never been written/spoken before and makes no sense, but is still grammatical and therefore comprehensible. This one has been repeated enough that it no longer counts. Linguistics books usually use [[TextbookHumor weird and goofy sentences]] to make this same point. (These are usually known a WordSalad.)\\)
* This [[http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=11122 Language Log]] post glories in the fact that our linguistic faculties allow us to instantly understand such rare sentences as these, using as its example a sentence it calls out from a real news report: "Last week a former Royal Marine who is the boyfriend of the model Kelly Brooks crashed into a bus stop while driving a van carrying a load of dead badgers."
* ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Daily Telegraph]]'''s cartoonist Matt said that if he's not sure about a cartoon he can end up roaming the ''Telegraph'' office asking people things like "Does this chicken look worried about monetary union?"
* [[http://www.zompist.com/thought.html This list]] of unlikely phrases found in real phrasebooks. Useful if you ever need to say "Because I was out buying a pair of wooden shoes" in Vietnamese.[[note]] [[RealityIsUnrealistic Which could be useful, if you're discussing Clogs.]] [[/note]]
** The Somali section is bloodcurdling:
--->Are the snakes here dangerous? \\
''Masaska halkaan khatar miyaa?'' \\



The term WordSalad is borrowed from medicine. Patients with a receptive aphasia or some other neurological disorders are often unable to comprehend language of any kind. They can neither understand nor control the words coming out of their own mouths, and will frequently produce WordSalad, clanging (repetition of words with similar sounds), or other nonsensical speech patterns. So a patient with Wernicke's Aphasia (the most common type of receptive aphasia) is making plenty of rare sentences--and other vocalizations. \\

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The term WordSalad is borrowed from medicine. Patients with a receptive aphasia or some other neurological disorders are often unable to comprehend language of any kind. They can neither understand nor control the words coming out of their own mouths, and will frequently produce WordSalad, clanging (repetition of words with similar sounds), or other nonsensical speech patterns. So a patient with Wernicke's Aphasia (the most common type of receptive aphasia) is making plenty of rare sentences--and other vocalizations. I must operate on you. \\
''Waa inaan ku qalaa.''
\\



Another linguist's favorite is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_path_sentence garden-path sentence]]. Such a sentence has unusual grammar. The more "natural" interpretation as you process it causes it to seem incorrect until you figure out the correct parsing. For example, "The aged man the boat." It sounds ungrammatical until you realize aged is not an adjective modifying man, but the noun. Man is a verb, as in, "Who mans the boat?" "The aged." Garden path sentences are ugly and generally avoided. The horse raced past the barn fell. "Which horse fell?" "The one which was raced past the barn."
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo...]]": Which can be extended into... Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo. "Bison from Buffalo bullied by bison from Buffalo bully bison from Buffalo that bison from Buffalo bully." A photograph in that article is captioned "Bison engaged in a contest of dominance. This sentence supposes they have a history of such bullying with other buffalo, and they are from upstate New York." Which surely cannot have been uttered many times before.
** The Dutch language allows for some fun sentences of this type as well, including "Als mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen." (when moles of moles whack moles of moles moles of moles whack moles of moles), "Als graven graven graven graven graven graven graven graven graven graven." (when count graves dig count graves count graves dig count graves) and "Als in Bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen te Bergen." (when in Bergen mountains of mountains recover mountains of mountains mountains of mountains recover mountains of mountains in Bergen).
** Although to be fair the buffalo sentence can also be stretched to ten words by adding a single when in front of it, just as these sentences would be only five words long if they'd be just one word repeated without any other words in the sentence: "Mollen mollen mollen mollen mollen.". One thing the Dutch sentences can do the English can't is be converted to a question by adding a single question mark: "Graven graven graven graven graven?" The word order has changed, but there's no way to tell other than the question mark.
* This [[http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=11122 Language Log]] post glories in the fact that our linguistic faculties allow us to instantly understand such rare sentences as these, using as its example a sentence it calls out from a real news report: "Last week a former Royal Marine who is the boyfriend of the model Kelly Brooks crashed into a bus stop while driving a van carrying a load of dead badgers."
* ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Daily Telegraph]]'''s cartoonist Matt said that if he's not sure about a cartoon he can end up roaming the ''Telegraph'' office asking people things like "Does this chicken look worried about monetary union?"
* [[http://www.zompist.com/thought.html This list]] of unlikely phrases found in real phrasebooks. Useful if you ever need to say "Because I was out buying a pair of wooden shoes" in Vietnamese.[[note]] [[RealityIsUnrealistic Which could be useful, if you're discussing Clogs.]] [[/note]]
** The Somali section is bloodcurdling:
--->Are the snakes here dangerous? \\
''Masaska halkaan khatar miyaa?'' \\
\\
I must operate on you. \\
''Waa inaan ku qalaa.'' \\
\\



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_while_John_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_a_better_effect_on_the_teacher James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher]]. While not as redundant (at least in theory) as "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo", still a mouthful.
18th Aug '17 10:21:42 PM foxley
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-->'''Angie:''' First time anyone's said that.

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-->'''Angie:''' '''Angie:''' First time anyone's said that.
18th Aug '17 10:21:01 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': This exchange from "Oblivion":
-->'''Betty:''' The toothbrush proved interesting.\\
-->'''Angie:''' First time anyone's said that.
16th Aug '17 5:17:27 AM Vir
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* From ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'':

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* From ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'':''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
15th Aug '17 12:48:53 PM rufusluciusivan
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* From ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
-->'''Lincoln:''' "Darn Lisa thinks she's so smart just because her brain's green..."
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