synonym jokes

Jeanelle Barrett jbarrett at TARLETON.EDU
Wed Mar 21 17:29:31 UTC 2001

I'll post this request to the HUMOUR list and
have them respond to you privately. Those folks
will have a ton of examples, I'm sure.


At 11:40 AM 3/21/01 +0000, you wrote:
>OK, I think I have to restate--I'm looking for jokes with a couple of
>synonyms in them.  A joke with a polyseme or homonym (i.e., a word with two
>meanings) is not what I'm looking for.  I'm looking for jokes where two
>words have one meaning.
>Sorry to have clogged up the list with this...
>--On Tuesday, March 20, 2001 8:26 pm +0000 "James A. Landau"
><JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> wrote:
>> Are you looking for things like "The greatest cause of automobile
>> accidents is the nut that holds the wheel"?
>> While the preceding is clean, words that can refer to certain parts of the
>> human anatomy, e.g. "nuts", "ass", "balls", are particularly susceptible
>> to off-color synonym jokes.  Just one example: "ball-bearing mousetrap: a
>> tomcat".  (This one I am told was invented by a science fiction writer
>> named George O. Smith for the purpose of sneaking something off-color
>> past a notoriously puritanical editor named Kay Tarrant (assistant editor
>> for many years of Astounding Science Fiction (later renamed Analog))).
>> Somebody put a lengthy concatenation of double-entendres involving the
>> word "ass" on this list recently (I think I kept a copy, if you can't
>> locate it.)
>> A man whose name I recall as Kermit Schaefer published a number of
>> collections of radio and TV "bloopers", which include such things as
>> "Howard Johnson's is the best place on the turnpike to eat and get gas."
>> A Canadian politician whose name I failed to note said that if a
>> homosexual Governor-General were to be appointed, then his partner would
>> be the "Queen's queen's queen".
>>                         - Jim Landau
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