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Say what you mean!

  1. Sep 1, 2005 #1


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    :rofl: I was trying to resolve a question about ambiguity and came across some funny examples.
    drunk gets nine months in violin case
    Iraqi head seeks arms
    prostitutes appeal to pope
    teacher strikes idle kids
    squad helps dog bite victim
    enraged cow injures farmer with ax
    miners refuse to work after death
    juvenile court to try shooting defendant
    stolen painting found by tree
    two Soviet ships collide, one dies
    two sisters reunited after 18 years in checkout counter
    - http://www.criticism.com/linguistics/types-of-ambiguity.php
    Anyone have more to add? My previous favorite was
    I will wear no clothes to distinguish me from my Christian brethren.​

    Oh, and here's one from Groucho
    One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.​
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2005
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  3. Sep 1, 2005 #2


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    Those remind me of a line from Terry Pratchett's 'The Truth'. There is a newspaper headline that reads:

    "Patrician attacks Clerk with Knife! (He had the Knife, not the Clerk.)"
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