A writing nightmare. The first paragraph of this really happened. I’ll save you from counting – there are 29 of them.
A Pluperfect Tale, by Gordon Lawrie
Writing his novel, Gordon had developed a problem: ‘had had’ had started to pop up in his sentences. Things had come to a head when he had penned the following:
‘Discussions Annabelle and he had had had had a profound effect on his actions.’
Appalled, he had cried out for help, but the advice he had had had only made things worse, until someone had suggested:
‘Discussions Annabelle and he had had had affected his actions profoundly.’
Now, the story which at the critical point had had ‘had had had had’, had had ‘had had had’ inserted in its place.