Ball Words and a new genus species of English Phraseology

Sun Dec 26 16:48:56 CST 2004

But then I wonder,

Did Ball bawl when you invented these?


----- Original Message -----
From: Robin Leech <releech at TELUSPLANET.NET>
Date: Saturday, December 25, 2004 5:48 pm
Subject: Ball Words and a new genus species of English Phraseology

> Hi Taxacomers
> On the occasion of the symposium held in honor of my
> former professor, I coined the name BALL WORD
> or WORD CLONES in honor of George E Ball (The
> Canadian Entomologist 126(3): 921-923.  Year 1994.
> For the publication, I found Ball Words in Chinese, Czech,
> Ukrainian, Slovak, German and English.  They are either
> rare or non-existent in most other languages.  Here is a
> selection of English Ball Words from that publication:
> 1.  He gave her her book.
> 2.  I agree only if you do do it.
> 3.  If only I had had more money.
> 4.  He could not not accept her offer.
> 5.  A cat with nine lives lives here.
> 6.  After the second second, he pulled the grenade pin.
> 7.  Is that that that that represents?
> 8.  Is the still still still still?
> Note that there is no punctuation between the Ball Words, and
> that they are contiguous or juxtaposed.  For the last two listed
> (#s 7 & 8), the meter or cadence must be right, or they won't
> work.
> In the meantime, I am working on something similar - with
> words that are homophonic, but which are spelled differently,
> yet are all in one sentence, again with no punctuation between
> the words.
> Here is a small selection of them.  I propose that they
> represent a new genus and species related to Ball Words.
> 1.  Work speed was up to two levels too high last week.
> 2.  There will be lunch in the fore noon for four.
> 3.  All will be for naught if you do not untie that knot.
> 4.  Please mete the meat to my family when we meet.
> Can anyone think of more of them?
> Robin Leech

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