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Posts tagged #twinglish
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
What’s so funny about this? Yesterday the thermometer hit 50º in New York City (appx 10º C). That’s about 30º higher than it’s been aver...
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT: NEXT THURSDAY THERE WILL BE TRYOUTS FOR THE CHOIR. THEY NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET. What’s so funny about thi...
FOUND HIS SPOT
What’s so funny about this? I really wanted to find a picture of a barking dog for this riddle. But you couldn’t hear it anyway. When I c...
My phone may smell odd, I agree. But its fuel source is close by and free. Make my drink extra-large, I need batteries charged And...
This joke came from a cartoon by Paul Karaski, appearing in the January 21, 2013 edition the New Yorker.
“MOM, DAD, SIS – I’M NOT REALLY LIKE YOU. I’M – I’M NOT A PALINDROME” What’s so funny about this? To really get this joke you need to remember the meaning of the word “palindrome” which is a word or phrase that is spelled the same in both directions, from right to left or left to right. Sometimes they are long and very clever, going on for an entire sentence. But in this case instead of one long palindrome, we have three short ones, four if you count the title. And the fun part is that they are so obvious and common, used every day. Let’s take a closer look at why else this may be funny. In the actual cartoon of which this joke is the caption, there are four people sitting around a dining table and the boy making his announcement to the rest of his family. An illustration is not really necessary to make this joke. It’s pretty obvious that it’s an announcement. It could be in a car, a living room, at the beach, anywhere. The boy is a young teenager. In typical fashion he is making an announcement to the rest of his family, from whom he feels different. He’s finally going to share his feelings with his mother, father and sister. What could it be? The most obvious difference might be that he is gay – that could certainly be cause for an announcement. But maybe he wants to tell them that he was kicked out of school for cheating, so he’s confessing to being a sociopath. Worse, they might be Democrats and he’s going to reveal that he’s a Republican. Well, it turns out to be a huge difference. He tells them he’s not a palindrome, that is, he is not called by a name that’s spelled the same in both directions, which is the case with Mom, m-o-m, Dad, d-a-d, and sis, s-i-s. If they call him “bro”, b-r-o then, he is absolutely right. BUT, look at the title of this joke. If that is the boy’s name then what? And THAT’s what’s so funny!
FOR SALE, CHEAP!
What’s so funny about this? What exactly is rummage? The word dates back to the mid-16th century and has to do with arranging cargo on a ...
SO WHAT DID THE POPE HAVE FOR BREAKFAST ON HIS LAST DAY IN OFFICE? – EX BENEDICT What’s so funny about this? This is the type of joke ...
LET IT ALL HANG OUT
On his 65th birthday, Maurice retired and went to apply for Social Security. He noticed a sign on the wall that said, “You must have two ...
Numb and Number
WOUND AND WOUND SHE GOES
WOUND AND WOUND SHE GOES Speech Defect: THE BANDAGE WAS WOUND AWOUND A WOUND WOUND What’s so funny about this? We’re going to spend...