“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” : this sentence is grammatically correct and has meaning. It is often used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs. The sentence means “The bison from Buffalo confuse other bison from Buffalo who confuse the bison from Buffalo.”
The sentence does not have punctuation. It uses three different meanings of the word “buffalo”. They are:
adjective: the city of Buffalo, New York.
noun: the animal called buffalo in the plural form. They are also known as bison.
verb: the word “buffalo”, which means to confuse or intimidate (to scare somebody).
It can be broken down to “Buffalo(adj) buffalo(noun) Buffalo(adj) buffalo(noun) buffalo(verb) buffalo(verb) Buffalo(adj) buffalo(noun)”.
“Buffalo bison, whom other Buffalo bison bully, themselves bully Buffalo bison“.
Other words can be used to make sentences like this one. These include police, fish, and people. For example, “Fish fish fish fish fish”. Other times, similar words that are spelled differently can be used: “Foul fowl foul fowl foul foul foul fowl”.
t has been talked about since 1967, when the sentence was used by Dmitri Borgmann in his book Beyond Language.Later, in 1972, the sentence was used by William J. Rapaport. Rapaport is a professor at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.