"Watchable wildlife" & ethnic jokes

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 24 15:03:23 UTC 2002

At 10:25 AM -0400 6/24/02, George Thompson wrote:
>Actually, no, I can't imagine myself ever saying "let's go to Tennessee
>this summer; I see from their license plates that there is a lot of
>watchable wildlife there."  In fact, I think I have only come upon the
>word as the series title of the guidebooks I mentioned in my original
>Also, with reference to the butts of ethnic jokes: a few years ago I
>bought a book called "Newfie Jokes", based on the stupidity of people
>from Newfoundland.  Presumably this stereotype is widespread in the
>rest of Canada?  Or else the compiler & publisher would not have used
>this hook to hang these traditional ethnic slurs on.  Bibliographic
>data and a few sample jokes upon request.
Definitely.  I've heard a few from Torontonians, and as I understand
it's a general stereotype at least among eastern Canadians.


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