Simon at IPFW.EDU
Wed Mar 21 20:22:38 UTC 2001
Do these work?
1. Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead
raccoons. The stewardess looks at them and says, "I'm
sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
2. Did you hear that NASA recently put a bunch of Holsteins
into low earth orbit? They called it the herd shot 'round
3. Two boll weevils grew up in South Carolina. One went to
Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other stayed
in the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The
one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils.
American Dialect Society wrote:
> 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
> If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
> Selected from:
> Elizabeth Gregory
> e-gregory at tamu.edu
> <<< 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:
> > http://www.christmasjokes.co.uk/jokes/knockknock.html
> > _________________________________________________________________
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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.)
> M Lynne Murphy
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> School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
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