When one can play so masterfully with words

Salikoko Mufwene mufw at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed Mar 7 21:30:47 UTC 2001


A colleague just sent me this e-mail. I found it so funny I thought it might
entertain a few readers on this list.

Sali.
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>THE RACING DONKEY
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>>A priest wanted to raise money for his church.  When told that there was
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>>a fortune in horse racing, he decided to purchase a racehorse and enter
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>>it in the races.  However, at the local auction, the going price for
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>>horses was so high that he ended up buying a donkey instead.  He figured
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>>that since he had it, he might just as well go ahead and enter it in the
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>>races.  To his surprise, the donkey came in third!  The next day the
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>>local paper carried this headline:
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>>PRIEST'S ASS SHOWS The priest was so pleased with the donkey that he
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>>entered it in the race again, and this time it won.  The paper read:
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>>PRIEST'S ASS OUT IN FRONT The Bishop was so upset with this kind of
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>>publicity that he ordered the priest not to enter the donkey in another
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>>race.  The paper headline read:
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>>BISHOP SCRATCHES PRIEST'S ASS This was too much for the Bishop, so he
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>>ordered the priest to get rid of the donkey.  The priest decided to give
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>>the donkey to a nun in a nearby convent.  The paper headline the next
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>>day read:
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>>NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN The Bishop fainted.  He informed the nun she
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>>couldn't keep the donkey.  She sold the donkey to a farmer for $10.00.
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>>Next day the headline read:
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>>NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.00 This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered
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>>the nun to buy back the donkey, lead it to the plains where it could run
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>>wild and free.  Next day, the headline in the paper read:
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>>NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE The Bishop was buried the next
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>>day.
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Salikoko S. Mufwene                        s-mufwene at uchicago.edu
University of Chicago                      773-702-8531; FAX 773-834-0924
Department of Linguistics
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/humanities/linguistics/faculty/mufwene.html
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