Kryponite and garlic

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 3 23:58:36 UTC 2010

Does *anyone* think that? If *I* had thought it, Larry's post would
have been enough to disabuse me of that notion. In view of the fact
that I've been challenged, I choose TO/FOR as my weapon and A(N)/THE
as yours. ;-)


On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> > At 9:29 AM -0500 1/3/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> >>A man was invited to a new friend's house for drinks.  When he
>> >>arrived, he noticed strings of garlic hung at the door and all the
>> >>windows, and asked his host why he had put them up.  His host
>> >>replied, to keep out the elephants.  "G'wan!  Vampires maybe, but
>> >>garlic wouldn't deter elephants."  His host replied, "Well, have you
>> >>seen any elephants around _my_ house?"
>> So, *that's* what "the elephant joke" is! I've read and, perhaps, even
>> heard, this expression for dekkids, without having the foggiest.
> Well, it's *an* elephant joke. I don't think the joke cycle has a
> single ur-joke.
> --Ben Zimmer
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