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#9922 11/13/00 12:56 AM
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>..I still remember from my schooldays a sentence composed of a word used ten
>times in succession ..

Paul: I think it is one of those puzzles that one knows if one knows it (what is happening to me - Deolali?) - but I think the sentence will be of a word that can be a noun - subject and object, verb, adverb and adjective. Maybe the answer is in finding out which word can be all the parts of the speech.

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#9923 11/13/00 08:06 AM
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I agree. And the convergence of art and science is the new metaphysics.


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disorienteering be akin to lying on the couch with one's eyes closed?

That conjures up a lovely vision - and I had thought it meant be unkind about practitioners of this noble hunt! Welcome, oh rastellfarian one. (Warning, everyone, it's another bicycle...)


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All right, what's a rastellfarian?


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Goodness, I waited a couple of days and already the thread has lost its currency! So here's the sentence with the same eleven words in succession:

If only she, who had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had the teacher's approval.




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how easily prejudices can evolve
Fortunately! A prejudice that has evolved is no longer a prejudice but tends to mutate into an accepted truth..


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Retract that statement immediately, wsieber! I won't have it! I'm putting my hands over my ears now and singing real loud...LA LALA LALA LA LALA.... :)
My "had" riddle supposes two people, one named "Had" (an uncommon but known first name), the other named "Had-Had" (a stretch), and goes like this:
had had had had had had had had had had had had had had had had would have recieved a higher mark.
The problem is to insert punctuation which would make this a real sentence.
Prejudice evolving into accepted truths? I won't have it! Makes me feel like I should take up arms.
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A prejudice that has evolved is no longer a prejudice but tends to mutate into an accepted truth..


¡¿Qué?! Please clarify this satement, wsieber. I am certain you did not mean it to be so, but it reminds me very much of the statement variously attributed to Göbbels or to his boss, "tell a big enough lie often enough, and most people will believe it."


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Retract that statement
Ok, it seems I threw the cat into the goldfish pond.
The combination of prejudice with evolve provoked me to that statement. Prejudices, I think, are characterized by the very fact that they don't evolve but stay fixed in the face of evidence. Uncomfortable discoveries, on the other hand are often for a long time discredited as "prejudices" - example? The BSE story.


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Evolving prejudices is kind of an odd image. I suppose I meant the way prejudices can begin as a fleeting perception, a nuance, and before you know it they've become an idea, one that I am willing to defend or make judgements about when, in fact, I know next to nothing about the facts. Common, common.
Of images, the cat in the goldfish pond is hilarious! I mean, poor kitty, but what a great saying!


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