|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Miscellany » Prepositions Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#208510 - 12/27/12 12:58 PM Prepositions
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
If it's a sin to end a sentence with one preposition, then presumably it's even worse to end it with two. How far can we take this? For the August 1968 issue of Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics, Darryl Francis devised one sentence that ends with nine prepositions. If the Yardbirds' 1966 single "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" were exported to Australia and then retrieved by a traveler, the question might be asked:
"What did he bring 'Over, Under, Sideways, Down' up from Down Under for?"
Inspired, Ralph Beaman pointed out that if this issue of the journal were now brought to a boy who slept on the upper floor of a lighthouse, he might ask:
"What did you bring me the magazine I didn't want to be read to out of about '"Over Under, Sideways, Down" up from Down Under' up around for?"
"This has a total of fifteen terminal prepositions," writes Ross Eckler, "but the end is not in sight; for now the little boy can complain in similar vein about the reading material provided in this issue of Word Ways, adding a second 'to out of about' at the beginning and 'up around for' at the end of the preposition string. The mind boggles at the infinite regress which has now been established."
-Greg Ross, Language 26 December 2012_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----
Entire topic Subject Posted by Posted Prepositions LukeJavan8 12/27/12 12:58 PM Re: Prepositions zmjezhd 12/27/12 04:25 PM Re: Prepositions Faldage 12/27/12 07:20 PM Re: Prepositions tsuwm 12/27/12 11:11 PM Re: Prepositions Tromboniator 12/28/12 03:07 AM Re: Prepositions zmjezhd 12/28/12 08:59 AM Re: Prepositions A C Bowden 01/01/13 08:40 PM Re: Prepositions Faldage 01/01/13 09:17 PM
Forum Stats 8641 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members Donald J, Eka Sinet, vince, enemy2, Bablakeluke
8640 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (LukeJavan8), 29 Guests and 1 Spider online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
jenny jenny 79 LukeJavan8 70 wofahulicodoc 49 endymion6 37 Faldage 22 Lionel Koh 19 tsuwm 11 olly 6 Tromboniator 5 zmjezhd 3
December Su M Tu W Th F Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2013 Wordsmith