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An overabundance of apostrophes.
The following sentence has as many apostrophes as words, all correctly placed:

The Bo's'ns' Club's whistle's fipple's clogged.

Can anyone improve on that?

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I think bo's'n wins if you use two apostrophes, but my dictionary says one apostrophe or zero are also correct. But "The Bo's'ns' Club's open" meets the same criterion, with fewer words.

In a similar vein, "Jackdaws love my big sphynx of quartz" is supposed to be the shortest panalphabetic sentence (includes all 26 letters of the alphabet in a total of 31 letters). I've tried but haven't found a shorter one.

Edited at 2012-01-04 04:44 pm (UTC)

I wouldn't call "bo's'n" a sentence, though.

How about a Bat-mannish nautical imperitive: "To the fo'c's'le, bo's'n!"

For some reason, this reminds me of the tongue-twister "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick"...

Hmm... that actually is shorter than the better-known "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

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