An amazing English sentence

Thanks to the depth of English’s vocabulary, English is a little more prone to little ‘easter eggs’ like this.

Back in the 60s, famous logologist (a studier of words) Dmitri Borgmann came up with a sentence that is pretty impressive in a certain way, while also making complete sense. Here’s the sentence in question – see if you can work out what feat of vocabulary engineering makes it impressive!

I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting; nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality counterbalancing indecipherability transcendentalizes intercommunication’s incomprehensibleness.”

The fact that the sentence gets increasingly loquacious (or, rather, sesquipedalian) is a big clue as to why this sentence is so impressive. It starts with a 1-letter word, then with each successive word increases the word length by a single letter, all the way to 20 letters – while managing to maintain sense (and also being quite witty, too).

This probably won’t make you any more popular at parties, but I still think it’s pretty cool!

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