The Suss

Do you know the suss do ye?

This particular phrase has always been a favourite of mine, because if you didn't know the suss, then you wouldn't know the suss, and you wouldn't know the suss unless you knew the suss.

It also doesn't help that the suss gives no indication as to the suss or where the suss comes from, the suss itself doesn't know the suss, and if the suss itself doesn't know the suss, then how could you know the suss?

It's suss all the way down, I've sussed that much out myself so far. I sussed it out the other day when I was doing the susses on the way over, sussing out all the suss in-between yeah.

On the suss are ye? Here, did ye suss that out from the other day yeah? 
Nah, I'm still sussing out your one who susses the suss out on the suss yeah. 
No bother yeah, give us a shout when you know the suss. 
Yeah yeah, no worries, I'll talk to ye when I know the suss.
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We Few Reedy Deer

We few reedy deer 
Fool aloof elapses pale 
Slate petals deft fed.

*A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards

deft fed
slate petals
elapses pale
fool aloof
reedy deer
we few

Giuseppe Gillespie – November 2021

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Bullying Bison

Buffalo bison. 
Bullied Buffalo bison 
Bullying bison.

Giuseppe Gillespie – November 2021

*Buffalo eight times in a row (Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) is the longest grammatically correct sentence in the English language. It is a form of Antanaclasis which means repeating the same word but in different senses.

Buffalo is a city in New York, a type of animal (otherwise known as bison), and American slang for bully. So repeated eight times in a row it would mean:

Buffalo [the city] bison [whom] Buffalo bison bully, bully Buffalo bison.

I learned this tidbit from Mark Forsyth’s book, The Etymologicon, a peculiar read filled with all sorts of word origin history and ‘useful’ information. I’d highly recommend it to any inquisitive wordsmiths out there.

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