garden path


garden path
A sentence that is easily incorrectly parsed on a first read, due to ambiguity of a word or words.

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  • garden path — noun • • • Main Entry: ↑garden …   Useful english dictionary

  • garden-path — gar·den path (gärʹdn păth , päth ) adj. Of or relating to a sentence that is easily misparsed, as The horse raced past the barn fell, in which people people usually misinterpret raced as a simple past tense verb, leading to a nonsensical… …   Universalium

  • Garden path sentence — Garden path sentences are used in psycholinguistics to illustrate that human beings process language one word at a time. The name refers to the saying to be led down the garden path , meaning to be misled . An example is:: The horse raced past… …   Wikipedia

  • garden path, the — np Misleading direction, deception. I m afraid Grady has led you down the garden path, baby. You ll never get your money back. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • garden-path sentence — noun A sentence that is easily incorrectly parsed on a first read, due to ambiguity of a word or words …   Wiktionary

  • garden path sentence — noun A sentence that is easily incorrectly parsed on a first read, due to ambiguity of a word or words …   Wiktionary

  • lead someone down/up the garden path — see ↑lead, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑garden lead someone down/up the garden path informal : to deceive someone : to cause someone to go, think, or proceed wrongly He believes the average consumer is being led down the garden path by the promises in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Up the Garden Path — was a 1984 novel by Sue Limb which was then adapted into a radio series by BBC Radio 4 and later into a television sitcom by Granada TV for ITV. Both the radio and television series comprising three seasons each, with the radio seasons broadcast… …   Wikipedia

  • lead someone down the garden path — lead (someone) down the garden path to deceive someone. Our country has been led down the garden path by the politicians in office. Etymology: based on the idea that a path in a garden is very pleasant, so someone who is brought along it can be… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead down the garden path — lead (someone) down the garden path to deceive someone. Our country has been led down the garden path by the politicians in office. Etymology: based on the idea that a path in a garden is very pleasant, so someone who is brought along it can be… …   New idioms dictionary


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