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Roger Mills writes:
> 
> "is is" I suppose from the famous "...what 
> the meaning of is is"  That's a case of 
> "...what the meaning of is(NOUN) is(VERB)" 
> perfectly normal if you substitute any other 
> word in the NOUN slot (or, in writing, put 
> quotes around it).
 

Both "is"s can be verbs. 

"What this is is a failure to communicate." 

i.e. "A failure to communicate is what this is." 

i.e. "What we have here is a failure to communicate." 

 --Ph. D.