Is That That That That That Correct?

The following verse contains grammatical wordplays on the word “that”:

Now, that is a word that may often be joined,
For that that may be doubled is clear to the mind;
And that that that is right, is as plain to the view,
As that that that that we use, is rightly used too;
And that that that that that line has in it is right —
In accordance with grammar, is plain in our sight.

— Anon., The Peterson Magazine, Vol. 29, 1856


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8 thoughts on “Is That That That That That Correct?

  1. I love that. It reminds me of tongue twisters. Here is one in French: si six scies scient six cyprès, alors douze scies scient douze cyprès.
    Most words sound like see and don’t seem to make sense until one writes them. If six saws saw six cypresses, then twelve saws saw twelve cypresses.

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