A book I own contains the following fully grammatical sentence:
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
My friend Susan was the only one who immediately asked, “Where’s the verb?” One of my students reacted the way I did when I first saw the sentence: “Why do you have 8 buffaloes in a row?”
Think equivocation and focus on the verb(s). The sentence follows the following pattern:
Dogs dogs bite bite dogs.
What’s the translation? How did you reach it? Did you get mad? Why or why not?