The Garden Path

by wfgodbold

I love garden path sentences.

The old man the boat. The horse raced past the barn fell. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

And then you get garden path headlines, like “Mother of Fla. Girl Found Dead in Truck Arrested,” (changed on the click-through to “Mother of twins found in toxic Fla. truck charged”) where on first reading it sounds like the story is going to be about something completely different than it actually is.

Magician and comedian Penn Jillette applied this sentence structure to some of the email spam he got, and came up with, “Rock hard erections back and forth.”

And now that I’ve damned this post to all kinds of dirty spam of its own, I’m out.

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