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The Owlish Folk

29 EpisodesProduced by amanda and daveWebsite

A podcast that answers questions about the English language. In each episode we talk about - and attempt to answer - a question about a feature or quirk of the English language.If you are interested in the English language, history, linguistics, or if you just want to listen to a lighthearted chat b… read more


22. Escher Sentences

In this owlet episode, Amanda and Dave talk about the interesting concept of Escher sentences, also known as "comparative illusions." Some examples talked about in the episode are:

 1. "More people have been to Russia than I have."

2.  "More people have been to Berlin than I have."

3.  "..More people have analyzed it than I have..."

4. "More phones have games on them than this one."

5.  "In Michigan and Minnesota, more people found Mr Bush's ads negative than they did Mr Kerry's."

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