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Where does he fish the ducks out from? Did they fall in something?

John Dean
Oxford
The man who fishes ducks out on weekends.

Where does he fish the ducks out from? Did they fall in something?

They probably just get caught on the hooks.

David
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Note that garden path sentences pretty much only exist in writing. In speech, there's enough clue from the timing and intonation contour that people don't get confused.

Carefully constructed garden path sentences are part of the stock-in-trade of some British and Irish standup comedians. I'd guess that this style of comedy is not unknown elsewhere.

Peter Duncanson
UK (posting from a.u.e)
I somebody a You can have one of mine. Haven't got anything for the ST, though.

And which one of the eight would you give me? And what would you be left unable to do? I ... entitled "The Eighth Hammer" in which a handyman guru reveals the Secret of Life via a trip through his toolbox.

I realised as I wrote that it was generosity verging on the insane. I've already given away the blacksmith's peen hammer I never used and the big sledgehammer: would my second-best claw hammer be all right (it wasn't counted)?

Mike.
Note that garden path sentences pretty much only exist in ... the timing and intonation contour that people don't get confused.

Carefully constructed garden path sentences are part of the stock-in-trade of some British and Irish standup comedians. I'd guess that this style of comedy is not unknown elsewhere.

Can you give some examples?

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It seems I'm with Liebs and Ross, eh?

You could do worse. Speaking of which, how about people who put question marks after declarative sentences? E.g., "I want to know if you will be coming home in time for dinner tonight?" My view: Yucko!

I would say this: if they're speaking/writing AmE, they are flat-out wrong and ought to be sent to after-school detention. That, or be stripped of any diplomas or degrees they may have acquired somehow.

Btw, the same goes for those who use "wonder" questions in AmE. ("I wonder if they're getting upset by what I'm saying?")

Note the "AmE" qualifiers. (Not that I think that declarative sentences followed by question marks are really acceptable in other Englishes, but the custom is not likely to change, and the whole business is not worth another aue diplomatic /faux pas/ on my part. (Hmm. Or is it? I'll have to get back to you on this.))
Maria Conlon
Harsh, but right.
For sure, but isn't a more common case, exemplified by 'I wonder what the King is doing tonight?', less objectionable?

I think there are times when it's wanted: it's often enough given the interrogative intonation, after all.

Perhaps the question could be phrased as a question, then at least in writing. "What's the king doing tonight?"(1) But BrEtcE is not AmE, and I don't expect my AmE-based opinion to hold much weight on other shores. (Even though I'm right. )
(1) Should "king" be "King" or "king" when no name follows the title?

Maria Conlon
Oh, I wonder, wonder who, ooh ooh ooh who, who wrote the Book of Love...
Carefully constructed garden path sentences are part of the stock-in-trade ... guess that this style of comedy is not unknown elsewhere.

Can you give some examples?

Unfortunately, no.
I am exceptionally bad at remembering jokes verbatim.

Peter Duncanson
UK (posting from a.u.e)
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(1) Should "king" be "King" or "king" when no name follows the title? Maria Conlon Oh, I wonder, wonder who, ooh ooh ooh who, who wrote the Book of Love...

"the king" is a non-specific king. "the King" is an individual, known king.
So:
Before the 20th Century, the king was held in high regard by the people.
But:
At the end of WW2, the King thanked the troops.

David
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