And Mix


Once upon a time, I was reading mysterious lecture notes about algorithms. And then, a wild sentence appeared:

Wouldn’t the sentence “I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign.” have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips? Source: Martin Gardner, Aha! Insight (1978).

My first response was: yest it would!

However…

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Professor Jeff Erickson who wrote those notes also responded as follows:

If you ever decide to read this sentence out loud, be sure to pause briefly between ‘Fish and and’ and ‘and and and And’, ‘and and and And’ and ‘and And and and’, ‘and And and and’ and ‘and and and And’, ‘and and and And’ and ‘and And and and’, and ‘and And and and’ and ‘and and and Chips’!

Did you notice the punctuation I carefully inserted between ‘Fish and and’ and ‘and’, ’and’ and ’and and and And’, ‘and and and And’ and ’and and and And’, ‘and and and And’ and ’and’, ’and’ and ‘and And and and’, ‘and And and and’ and ‘and And and and’, ‘and And and and’ and ’and’, ’and’ and ‘and and and And’, ‘and and and And’ and ‘and and and And’, ‘and and and And’ and ‘and’, ‘and’ and ‘and And and and’, ‘and And and and’ and ‘and’, ‘and’ and ‘and And and and’, ‘and And and and’ and ‘and’, and ‘and’ and ‘and and and Chips’?

You most probably did.

Cheers!

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