June 19, 2011

‘Only’ English

Posted in Language Tunes at 10:49 am by వసుంధర

Professor Ernest Brennecke of Columbia is credited with inventing a sentence that can be made to have eight different meanings by placing ONE WORD in all possible positions in the sentence: “I hit him in the eye yesterday.”  The word is “ONLY”.

The Message:

1. ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else did.)

2. I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (Did not slap him.)

3. I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit others.)

4. I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit outside the eye.)

5. I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (Not other organs.)

6. I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (He doesn’t have another eye..)

7. I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (Not today.)

8. I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (Did not wait for today.)

This is the beauty and complexity of the English language.  Have a nice day.

We thank the email forward from Cdr. G Sri Ramarao,I.N,(Retd.) through Dr. P.V. Satyaprasad

November 21, 2008

You ‘No’ It – 2

Posted in Language Tunes at 10:50 am by kailash

Sunita, the English teacher told the students an imaginary situation on the recent election for the high office of President.

After Barack Obama Hussein was declared as the President-elect, George Bush, the incumbent President, met and congratulated him.

“Thank you, Mr. Bush,” said Obama.

Bush waited for further response but Obama did not speak any more. Bush was disgusted and said, “The American people are looking for change and elected you with all hope. But you turned out to be a selfish and discourteous man. When I congratulated, you responded like a selfish man and did not even thank me. If you could do that to a former President, what can a common man expect from you?” Read the rest of this entry »

‘Hardly’ Matters

Posted in Language Tunes at 10:47 am by kailash

Ram is in class 8. He is working hard for his examinations.

Uncle Kishan asked him about his preparation. Ram was sad, “I am working hard but my parents are not happy. They tell me to work harder. After all, I too need some appreciation’’. Read the rest of this entry »

October 24, 2008

You ‘No’ It – 1

Posted in Language Tunes at 5:54 am by kailash

Sunita, the English teacher told the students to read the newspaper regularly for command over English. Not sure whether they were complying with the suggestion, one day she asked each of them to write a newspaper headline of their choice as a

well-punctuated sentence on a piece of paper and hand it over to her. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Different’ (Deferent?) Strokes

Posted in Language Tunes at 5:52 am by kailash

‘Different’ (Deferent?) Strokes

Ram is in class 8. He is a good sportsman. He sings and dances well. Also he paints well.

“You have talent in different fields,’’ appreciated Ram’s paternal uncle Kishan.

“He is indifferent to studies,’’ parents of Ram disapproved. Read the rest of this entry »