Earlier this week I posted about the sentence “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo,” and there’s been an ongoing contest to parse it. Just in time for today’s reveal, Callan C. from Madison, WI figured it out!
You can read all about this curious sentence and its history on its very own Wikipedia page. The main thing to know is that some of the words are referring to the city of Buffalo, NY, some are the animal, and some are the rare verb that means to bully or intimidate. Here’s how Callan put it:
DONE: we’re talking about 3 different groups of buffalo (animal) from Buffalo, NY. Some of them like to intimidate each other, evidently. I’m going to use “Bufflesian” for the adjective, “massive cow-beasts” for the noun, and “bully” for the verb instead: Bufflesian massive cow-beasts that are bullied by (other) Bufflesian massive cow-beasts do bully (other) Bufflesian massive cow-beasts.
Here’s another restructuring, directly from Wikipedia: Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community, also happen to intimidate other bison in their community. Somehow it lacks the pizzazz of Bufflesian massive cow-beasts, though.
And a final one from Wikipedia that adds clarifying articles and such instead of substituting words: The buffalo from Buffalo who are buffaloed by buffalo from Buffalo, buffalo other buffalo from Buffalo.
Kudos to Callan for parsing this sentence with style. Enjoy your discount on your next edit!