[Ads-l] Joke: Do you know how to use 'denial' in a sentence?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 17 09:28:48 UTC 2019

Off-list Bill Mullins sent to me a citation for a wordplay joke that
appears in the following QI entry.

Denial Is Not a River in Egypt

In 1931 eighth grade student Florence Kerns won a wordplay contest
sponsored by a bank with the following joke:

[ref] 1931 April 11, Reading Times, Section: Junior Times, Florence
Takes Prize for Joke, Quote Page 13, Column 1, Reading, Pennsylvania.
(Newspapers_com) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Question: Do you know how to use "denial" in a sentence?
Answer: Denial river runs through Egypt.
[End excerpt]


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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