jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 29 14:30:48 UTC 2000
--- Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> expression "apple sauce" means anything that is old,
> trite, and out-of-date.
> This was the routine of the apple-sauce gag:
> THATCHER: Mr. Interlocutor, a teacher has
> twelve pupils and only eleven
> WEST: Yes, Mr. Tambo, a teacher has twelve
> pupils and only eleven
> THATCHER: That's right. Now she wants to give
> each pupil an equal
> share of the apples without cutting the apples. How
> does she do it?
> WEST: Let me see. A teacher has twelve pupils
> and only eleven apples.
> SHe wants to give each pupil an equal share of the
> apples without applying a
> knife to the fruit. How does she do it? I must
> confess my ignorance. How
> does she do it, Mr. Tambo?
> THATCHER: She made apple sauce.
> Thatcher used to get a huge laugh from this
> joke. Naturally, all the
> other rival minstrels grabbed it, used (Pg.
> 136--ed.) it, an finally hamered
> it into an early grave by too much repetition.
Just my opinion, but if audiences gave a huge laugh to
this use of "applesauce", the word must have already
had a widely known second meaning: the sketch itself
doesn't seem very funny to me unless "applesauce"
already had a meaning of "nonesense" or "horse
feathers" or such. But then, maybe I'm just jaded to
something that was very fresh and entertaining a
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