For those who don't get it, the word buffalo can be used as a noun, adjective and verb (to bully). This particular sentence is stating that multiple buffalo from the city of Buffalo, typically buffalo (bully) other buffalo from Buffalo.
@Grybo101, give or take a few buffalos.
@Grybo101, ahh 💡
@Grybo101, but they are all spelled the same?
@WarBureMon, so it doesn't really matter then?
@Grybo101, well I'll be buffaloed...
@Grybo101, same with the word police
@Grybo101, actually buffalo means to confuse, not to bully
@Nigel Powers, shoutout to Vsauce 😎
@Casual Mad Scientist, it's defined as a means to outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate. I always pictured the intimidate part as bullying, but I guess confusion can be a form of intimidation.
@Grybo101, ladies and gentlemen, the English language
@Grybo101, Almost! You're describing the sentence 'Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.' That means buffalo from Buffalo bully other buffalo from Buffalo.
But this sentence in the picture has seven words instead of five! To show the structure, it's like saying this:
The buffalo that the buffalo bully, also bully other buffalo.
Here's an example with a different city, animals and verb:
The London cats that London dogs chase, also chase London mice.
London cats London dogs chase, chase London mice.
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
@Grybo101, Bison Bison had had had had had Bison Bison Bison shi shi shi
@Handless Juggler , yeah I retread it after I posted the comment. That's why I put my other "give or take a few buffalos" comment.
@Grybo101, someone watches vsauce
@Grybo101, The same works for the word "police". Police the noun, police used as a certain type of police (mall police), and police the verb. (Policing something). Police police police police police.
@Grybo101, proud to be born and raised in Buffalo
@Grybo101, well I've herd enough. If that was my kid I'd say bison
Just read the speech bubbles
@SpecialEd Teacher, I mean the wrote it very clearly.
If it's a spelling bee.. They're all spelled the same way.. Am I missing something?
@bipolar polar bear, I was scanning the comments to see if I was the only one to notice that...
@bipolar polar bear, the sentence provides no context to the word. If the word was "swing," a sentence might be "Billy likes to swing on the play set with his friends." This 'sentence' tells him nothing about the word.
@bipolar polar bear, he probably doesn't know that they are spelt the same
@Ruupasya, Sure, but every word in the sentence is spelled the same way regardless of the context/meaning; therefore, if he spells it out he would get it right no matter which word it is..
This was a sentence invented by a professor in my departement. University at Buffalo linguists represent!
@I can spell, really lol
You deserved it.
Buffalo buffalo buffalo.
Honestly thought this was a reference to a new rap song. Like "you a stupid hoe" repeated by that oompa loopa with the big butt, niccoli manga I believe