The Chaos

Posted: 2012-01-06 15:02   |  More posts about art funny linguistics poetry words

A poem by Gerard Nolst Trenité demonstrating the abundant irregularities of English spelling and pronunciation. More info here. 




Posted: 2011-11-02 22:12   |  More posts about art music oddities poetry


Yo dawg, I heard you like linguistics...

Posted: 2010-10-10 16:15   |  More posts about linguistics oddities poetry words

Came across this amusing Inception / Yo Dawg meme face-off the other day on reddit. It led me back to one of my favourite linguistic peculiarities, the sentence "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo." Its Wikipedia page seems to have been updated since the last time I had a look at it, as there are a few other interesting linguistic cases linked, none of which I'd come across before. I especially enjoyed the sentence "James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher". And then I stumbled across this old Chinese poem, "The Lion-eating Poet in the Snow Den":

The text, although written in Classical Chinese, can be easily comprehended by most educated readers. However, changes in pronunciation over 2,500 years resulted in a large degree of homophony in Classical Chinese, so the poem becomes completely incomprehensible when spoken out in Standard Mandarin or when written romanized in Standard Mandarin.

Pretty remarkable. Its Wikipedia page, linked above, is rather detailed and well worth a read.

Here's a video of the poem being read aloud in Standard Mandarin:

More: A List of Linguistics Example Sentences


For a soldier he leads a very fine life and he always is blessed with a charming young wife

Posted: 2010-07-17 16:01   |  More posts about art ireland music poetry war words

Paul Brady's legendary 1977 recording of the old Irish anti-recruitment song Arthur McBride: