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Nancy Gish wrote:
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> We can mess around,

Okay.  A little messing around with word order in English:

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I helped my dog carry my husband's slippers yesterday.

In college I was introduced to the combination of meanings one can get
with the uses of the word "only" in the sentence "I hit him in the
eye." I have just come across a better and more entertaining use of
the word "only". Here it is, from Marilyn vos Savant's "Ask Marilyn"
column in the August 25, 1996 issue of Parade Magazine (Page 16).



There is only one word that can be placed successfully in any of the
numbered positions in this sentence to produce 10 sentences of
different meaning (each sentence has 10 words):

(1) I (2) helped (3) my (4) dog (5) carry (6) my (7) husband's (8) slippers
(9) yesterday (10).

What is that word?

- Gloria J., Salt Lake City, Utah



The word is "only," which makes up the following 10 sentences:

   1. Only I helped my dog carry my husband's slippers yesterday.
      (Usually the cat helps too, but she was busy with a mouse.)

   2. I only helped my dog carry my husband's slippers yesterday.
      (The dog wanted me to carry them all by myself, but I refused.)

   3. I helped only my dog carry my husband's slippers yesterday.
      (I was too busy to help my neighbor's dog when he carried them.)

   4. I helped my only dog carry my husband's slippers yesterday.
      (I considered getting another dog but my cat disapproved.)

   5. I helped my dog only carry my husband's slippers yesterday.
      ( I didn't help the dog eat them; I usually let the cat do that.)

   6. I helped my dog carry only my husband's slippers yesterday.
      (My dog and I didn'y have the time to help my neighbor's husband.)

   7. I helped my dog carry my only husband's slippers yesterday.
      (I considered getting another husband, but one is enough.)

   8. I helped my dog carry my husband's only slippers yesterday.
      (My husband had two pairs of slippers, but the cat ate one pair.)

   9. I helped my dog carry my husband's slippers only yesterday.
      (And now the dog wants help again; I wish he'd ask the cat.)

  10. I helped my dog carry my husband's slippers yesterday only.
      (And believe me, once was enough - the slippers tasted terrible. )