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am 11.1.2003 21:33 Uhr schrieb Rickard A. Parker unter
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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. )


Pretty funny, Rick!

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