A Soup Can Can Can-Can; Can You?

Citation data:

Word Ways, Vol: 29, Issue: 2, Page: 9

Publication Year:
1996
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol29/iss2/9
Author(s):
Eckler, A. Ross
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Linguistics
article description
In December 1995, puzzlemeister Will Shortz of Weekend Edition on National Public Radio issued the following challenge to listeners: write a grammatically-correct and readily-understandable statement that contains the same word four or more times in a row, as "That Texan can't drill a well well. Well, well drilling isn't easy." Over 800 replies were received, including such old chestnuts as "John, where James had had 'had', had had 'had had'.