Real Polish jokes

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Jun 24 11:45:15 UTC 2002

Although there were stupid Russian jokes at that time, stupid police
jokes were much more plentiful.

A policeman goes to a bookstore; an amazed clerk asks if he can help.
The policeman says he's tired of being made fun of for his stupidity
and understands that reading will improve his mind. What would the
clerk suggest? The clerk opines that some light reading would be a
good place to start. The policeman responds that that is not
necessary; he has his car right out front.


>  > >Speaking of ethnic slurs, an American who had lived in
>>  Europe told me that
>>  >the Dutch tell jokes about dumb Belgians who in turn tell
>>  jokes about stingy
>>  >Dutch (the example she gave was "How can you tell you're in
>>  the Netherlands?
>>  >By the toilet paper hanging up to dry on the clotheslines.")
>>  When I studied in Israel in the early 70s, that one was told
>>  (in Hebrew)
>>  about the Scots.
>My sister-in-law, when visiting Poland in the late-70s, encountered the
>"Soviet Soldier" joke. The jokes were identical to the Polish jokes told in
>the US, only they were about Soviet soldiers instead of Poles.

Dennis R. Preston
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Department of Linguistics and Languages
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