Thursday, May 12, 2005

My favourite sentences

Taken from Douglas R Hofstadter's "Metamagical Themas", following are some of my favourite sentences---
  • This sentence was in past tense.
  • What would this sentence be like if "pi" were 3?
  • This sentence no verb.
  • The whole point of this sentence is to make clear what the whole point of the sentence is.
  • I don't care who wrote this sentence---whoever he is, he is damn sexist!
  • 'T' is the first, fourth, eleventh, sixteenth, twenty-fourth, twenty-ninth, thirty-third, . . .
  • Remember me? I am the one who never made any impression on you.
  • Why does trouble always come at the wrong time?
  • "yields falsehood when appended to its quotation." yields falsehood when appended to its quotation.
  • When you are not looking at it, this sentence is in Spanish.
  • As long as you are not reading me, the fourth word of this sentence has no referent.

And finally, the masterpiece:

Only the fool would take trouble to verify that this sentence was composed of ten a's, three b's, four c's, four d's, forty-six e's, sixteen f's, four g's, thirteen h's, fifteen i's, two k's, nine l's, four m's, twenty five n's, twenty four o's, five p's,sixteen r's, forty-one s's, thirty seven t's, ten u's, eight v's, eight w's, four x's, eleven y's, twenty seven commas, twenty three apostrophes, seven hyphens, and, last but not least, a single !

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