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24 Marts 2004 @ 13:51
The parable of the people with the hoops  

Well, thanks to various encouraging responses (including two very kind mentions by Mark Liberman of Language Log (here and here)), I'm beginning to believe that A Roguish Chrestomathy is, in fact, not only a blog, but a blog primarily about language. So last night I looked for a story I contributed to the Innis Herald about a decade ago, which was a parable of sorts, about language, and which might find a new home here. I didn't find it—I think it's languishing in North Carolina on a 5.25-inch floppy disk readable only by one of these things. But I did find on a more accessible and slightly more recently obsolete computer of mine the following bit of nonsense, which also calls itself a parable, and which you'll just have to settle for:


The Parable of the People with the Hoops

There were some people who had hoops.
They thought that they threw things through the hoops.
But they were mistaken.
They were actually thrown through the hoops themselves.
In fact, they were thrown by the very things that they thought they had been throwing.
Eventually this fact began to dawn on them.
It was very confusing for the people with the hoops:
The thought that those things that they thought that they threw through them threw them through them threw them.


Sort of like the buffalo sentence, only different. I'm not sure when I wrote that, let alone why, but judging by the date on the file it cannot have been later than November 22, 1998.

 
 
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Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 25. Marts, 2004 09:18 (UTC)
Re: I got it!
I don't know... I imagine the first sentence ought to be a palindrome, but I can't figure out what it is you have in mind.
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Tishiewahooweena on 29. Marts, 2004 00:07 (UTC)
that is awesome
I picture you being quite self-amused while crafting that last sentence.

I think it would be a shame if I didn't mention that I originally accidentally typed "I picture you being quite self-abused...." Eeep!
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Marts, 2004 13:26 (UTC)
Thanks!
I picture you being quite self-amused while crafting that last sentence.

Oh, I was, I was. But (as Queen Victoria used to say when she had a head cold) we are dot abused.

(Anonym) on 29. Marts, 2013 04:54 (UTC)
Test, just a test
Hello. And Bye.