Thursday, February 16, 2006

Extra Trivia Night at the Jones, 2/12.

So we went to a new trivia night on Sunday at the Jones. Questions were harder than at the EMP, but the food was WAY better. DELICIOUS fries. Maybe some of the best fries I've had in Seattle.

We didn't win--we were in a runoff for second place, but lost that--and we had a minor (okay, not so minor) argument with Fred over an answer. His question: What is the shortest complete sentence in the English language? Our answer: Be. His answer: I am. And he wasn't really willing to hear our arguments, namely, that the subject "you" is implied.

Oh well. We'll be back. The french fries were amazing.


Anonymous captain inappropriate said...

My favorite piece of grammatical trivia ... how many times can you use the same word in a row in a single sentence? I saw 4 once.

8:13 AM  
Blogger winnekat said...! Do you know the answer?

8:37 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

I can do 5...

10:10 AM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Wow! Colin, what is it?

11:09 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

I have to set up the scene first..

Two guys, let's say Bob & Doug, are working together painting a sign for a local pub, the Frog and Snail. Bob's working hard getting things drafted and looking good while Doug watches to make sure Bob doesn't screw anything up. After Bob's done with the initial layout, he calls to Doug to take a look. Doug glances at it from the right, then from the left, then straight on. He hems and haws for a bit, trying to make up his mind about the spacing. Eventually he says to Bob, "You're going to need to change it a bit. There need to be bigger spaces between 'Frog' and 'and' and 'and' and 'Snail'."


11:25 AM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Aha! I get it.

CI, what's yours?

11:41 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

There's an even more ridiculous one - something like:

You know that example I gave above? It would be a lot less clear if I didn't use quotes to differentiate between 'and' and "and" and "and" and 'and'.

And the silliness goes on and on...

1:08 PM  
Blogger Rainster said...


7:48 PM  
Anonymous captain inappropriate said...

Damn, thats good. The sentence I saw once was "The pet he had had had had rabies, and had to be put down" or something similar. Four "hads" in a row.

7:51 AM  

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