synonym jokes

Elizabeth Gregory e-gregory at TAMU.EDU
Tue Mar 20 22:07:25 UTC 2001

Would these work?

Isn't is it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Is it possible to be totally partial?

If a person thinks marathons are superior to sprints..... is that considered racism?

If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

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Elizabeth Gregory
e-gregory at

<<< lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK  3/20  3:39p >>>
--On Tuesday, March 20, 2001 3:01 pm -0600 Mark Odegard
<markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

> The whole genus of 'knock-knock' jokes meet this specification, I think.
> Here is a link to some Christmas ones:
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Actually, knock-knock jokes take advantage of homophony, not synonymy.
I've had one (private) usable response so far, just to give you an idea of
what I mean:

Q: What did the mayonnaise say to the refrigerator
A: Shut the door. I'm dressing.

This takes advantage both of the homonymy of dressing/dressing, but also
the synonymy of mayonnaise/dressing.
(Thanks to Alice Faber.)


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