This is likely to be familiar to many people. It’s about how the addition of punctuation can turn a seemingly nonsensical set of words into a technically correct sentence, usually with a story to go with it.
There is not enough room between fish and and and and and chips
makes sense when I tell you that a shop owner is telling the signwriter that the words for his fish and chip shop are too close together:
There is not enough room between “fish” and “and” and “and” and “chips”.
Ok then, try to add punctuation to the following to make it make sense:
Jack while Joe had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers approval
Answer below the fold.
Jack and Joe are writing an essay. In the essay, Jack wrote “after I had had dinner…” and Joe wrote “after I had dinner…”. Grammatically, Jack’s use of “had had” is correct and earned the teacher’s approval.
Jack, while Joe had had “had”, had had “had had”; “had had” had had the teacher’s approval.