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Colorless green ideas sleep furiously

This phrase was composed by the linguist Noam Chomsky in his 1957 book, Syntactic Structures, to demonstrate that a sentence can be grammatically correct, but semantically nonsensical. Various people have attempted to explain the meaning of this sentence, with varied success. This page contains versions of this phrase in a variety of languages.

Language Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
Afrikaans Kleurlose groen idees slaap verwoed.
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
الأفكار الخضراء عديمة اللون تنام بغضب
Belarusian Бескаляровыя зялёныя ідэі спяць раз’юшана
(B′eskaĺarovyja z′aĺonyja іdeі sp′ać razjushana)
Breton Ar joñjoù glas hemp liv a gouska furiet.
Bulgarian Безцветни зелени идеи спят яростно.
(Beztsvetni zeleni idei spyat yarostno)
Catalan Les idees verdes incolores dormen furiosament.
Central Dusun Modop i kitoilaan do kotomohon dot aiso wotik miampai do mogod-togod.
Coastal Kadazan Modop i kitoihaan do kotomohon do aiso votik miampai do masang-asang.
Croatian Bezbojne zelene zamisli bjesomučno spavaju.
Danish Farveløse grønne idéer sover rasende.
Dutch Kleurloze groene ideeën slapen woedend.
Esperanto Senkoloraj verdaj ideoj furioze dormas.
French Les idées vertes sans couleur dorment furieusement.
Les idées vertes incolores dorment furieusement
German Farblose grüne Ideen schlafen heftig.
Farblose grüne Ideen schlafen wütend.
Hungarian Színtelen zöld eszmék dühösen alszanak.
Italian Idee verdi senza colore dormono furiosamente.
Japanese 無色の緑色の考えが猛烈に眠る
(mushoku no midoriiro no kangae ga mōretsu ni nemuru)
Kapampangan Sásamál lang mátudtúd deng aláng kúleng aluntyáng/bérding kaisípan.
Latin Incoloratae virides cogitationes dormiunt saeviter.
Malay Idea kehijauan tanpa warna tidur dengan marah.
Polish Bezbarwne zielone idee wściekle śpią.
Portuguese As ideias verdes incolores dormem furiosamente.
Russian Бесцветные зелёные идеи спят яростно.
(Bestsvetnyye zelonyye idei spyat yarostno)
Spanish Las ideas verdes incoloras duermen furiosamente.
Las ideas verdes sin color duermen furiosamente.
Ideas incoloras verdes duermen furiosas.
Swedish Färglösa gröna idéer sover rasande.
Turkish Renksiz yeşil fikirler kızgın bir şekilde uyurlar.
Urdu بیرنگ سبز خیالات غصے سے سوتے ہیں.
(be-rang sabz khayalat ghuse se sote hain.)
Vietnamese Những ý kiến xanh (lá cây/lục) không màu sắc ngủ giận dữ.
仍意見𩇢(蘿𣘃/綠)空牟色㬳𢚷㺞.
Welsh Syniadau gwyrdd di-liw sy'n cysgu yn gynddeiriog

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