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All baa myself: Is this Britain's loneliest sheep? BBC - Britain's loneliest sheep

What does "All baa myself" mean? I couldn't quite understand it.

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    Source of the joke: youtu.be/iN9CjAfo5n0?t=55
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 6:03
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    British journalists infamously love a pun
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 16:35
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    I wouldn't be surprised if this story was only considered publishable because of the beautiful headline.
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 16:40
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    Association: there is a well-known pop song with the refrain "All by myself". Originally sung by Eric Carmen and Celine Dion as well known for it. The melody is based on the Rachmaninoffs 2nd piano concerto (section for un-necessayr knowledge)
    – ghellquist
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 17:30
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    Update: Sheep now rescued!
    – James K
    Commented Nov 4, 2023 at 16:16

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It is word play. The word "by" has been replaced by "baa". The sound that sheep make is represented in English as "baa" (Sheep say "baa", cows say "moo", cats say "miaow"). "All by myself" means "alone".

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    (I thought that cats say meow.)
    – apaderno
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 13:56
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    @apaderno It depends on the cat's accent. Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 15:20
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    @Mari-LouA Aren't those the same thing?
    – gidds
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 18:07
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    @gidds Both work, but I prefer pun because they are supposed to be funny, and they are obviously jokes; wordplay is more on the whimsical, and the "Oh, that clever!" thing. Personal opinion, of course!
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 18:20
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    I think you're missing out on mentioning that "All By Myself" is a famous song lyric; youtube.com/watch?v=iN9CjAfo5n0&t=55s
    – Richard
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 23:57

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