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Old 11-15-2012, 03:21 AM
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Some mates and I have been fooling around with this type of humour for the last decade or so, and we’d come to wondering how we should categorise it. There’s pun in there, but it goes a little further than that by using nouns as hidden verbs. A few basic rules:
  • There must be a hidden verb
  • The sentence must not make sense when read, but should make sense when spoken
  • It must be spoken as read (i.e. no different emphasis or stress to make the gag work)
  • Lame puns or simple word play do not qualify.


We have decided to call these "Incommunicados". The three originators, Baz, Dick and myself, have declared ourselves the "Incommunicado Triumvirate", and our first resolution was to cease all contact.



We've had a few new ones added via the Aussie forum, and you are very much encouraged to contribute. Careful though - the standard is pretty high





The best examples are:

Most people, when asked who their favourite artist is, Picasso.

In the late 90s I was asked who should run for the President of East Timor. “I think Jose Ramos Horta”, I replied. (Spanish/Portuguese pronunciation required)

As we get older I think in our blood tests they should testosterone.

Would you lower back pain?

Someone who is normally quite sharp asked me recently how a guillotine works. "Simple", I said, "you razor blade".

I thought that the keyboards bands used in the 60s were just "organs", but maybe they Wurlitzers.

If you were going to rate film directors out of ten, what would you Scorcese?

I was thinking... sometimes men are supposed to be sexually indiscriminate, but you have to draw the line somewhere. I mean, would you rutabaga?

And my personal favourite (from Baz):

I’d hate to diabetes.

And some worthy new additions:

Labr@:
If you have a cough and go to Speaker’s Corner you can expectorant.

I’m tone deaf below middle C so I can’t piccolo note.


Dodgy Dovetails:
I always wanted to learn more about woodworking, but fewtel me.


Fenderbelly:
What would you rather be or a Wasp?


Dick and I:
"Would you like to Pierce Brosnan?"
"No, but I'd Marion Cotillard"





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Old 11-15-2012, 03:47 PM
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Liquor? I didn't touch her.

That meal was just egg salad. I'd eat there again!
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Peter - how did I know that the first response was from you?
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Sonoma bitch is not a disagreeable woman from California.
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Sonoma bitch is not a disagreeable woman from California.
Funny, but where's the hidden verb?


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Old 11-16-2012, 01:24 AM
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Indeed Joraft. These are no so easy to get working properly. Nothing I can give a gong to yet.

I just got an email from Dick (in Spain), and he says that his favourites work by omitting a repeated sound:
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All my favourites have it: pick Picasso, Horta oughta, score Scorcese, test testosterone, were Wurlitzers, tar Tarkovsky, die of diabetes, pierce Pierce, etc. To me, the omission of a repeated sound is a form of hyper-efficient and highly logical information compression, and the contrast between this machine-minded energy saving (information is energy) and the linguistic absurdity that results is the real beauty of the gags. "

His Uncle Jim
was a professor of linguistics at Edinburgh University, and he's seeing him at Xmas, so he'll be sure to drop them on him.

I think my total offering in ten years has been 4 that work properly. Baz is the best at them.
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I felafel after eating at a food truck.

Eiffel off a chair.
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Oldy but still moldy:

What did Delaware? I don't know, but Alaska.
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PS: the OP's Timorese didn't click when I spoke Portuguese (ie, Timor) - figured it out when I went to Spanish.

I think....
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:53 AM
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Poto and AR, the specification of
"It must be spoken as read (i.e. no different emphasis or stress to make the gag work)"
is possibly the most difficult to satisfy.

The gong is still in suspension...
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