Buffalo buffalo buffalo: One-word sentences and how they work - Emma Bryce
- 863,686 Views
- 4,706 Questions Answered
- TEDEd Animation
If you want to examine the Buffalo buffalo buffalo sentence more closely, Grammar Girl has a good guide that explains how to break this sentence down into its different parts. Grammar Girl also explores how ambiguity works, and all the hilarious alternative meanings it can give to sentences.
Often, lexically ambiguous words are ‘homophones’, words that sound exactly the same as one another even though you can interpret them in totally different ways. You can browse a long list of homophones at this source, which may help you understand more about the clever disguises that words can wear.
Here are some fun examples of other odd sentences full of lexical ambiguity. See if you can work out what they mean! And finally, you can check out more TED Ed videos on grammar and language here.
Create and share a new lesson based on this one.
More from The Writer's Workshop
How to make a sad story funny
Lesson duration 04:39
First person vs. Second person vs. Third person
Lesson duration 05:20
The 5 types of text structure
Lesson duration 03:50
The importance of setting in a story
Lesson duration 03:14