Friday, January 10, 2014

Headlines of the Week (Or Whatever)

So a friend was asking me about haikus and I was explaining that it isn't just about sallables, but has to have a thematic structure, nature references, etc. This led me to Google, as everything does, and I ended up reading all about constrained writing and then on into morning! I mean, all kinds of places, including:

"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" is an example of a sentence that is grammatically correct, but semantically nonsensical.

Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den is a 92-character modern poem written in Classical Chinese, in which every syllable has the sound shi (in different tones) when read in modern Mandarin Chinese.

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is a grammatically correct sentence. Yes, really.

And you can use constrained writing to send a secret message.

And of course, the xkcd comic in which Munroe describes a spacecraft using only the most common words.

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