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...at least I can read "geese" and know what they look like.
That rhymes with cheese.

Speaking of cheese, it goes quite well with bread actually.
Jam too.
Wait...no rather have some salami with bread...thats much better.
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Well according to the thread title...our learned friend LiB wouldn't 'get it' anyway
Don't you have some racists to take care of elsewhere?
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Tomorrow you could try them with "She got goosed on the morning commute."

Report back and let us know if you raised a titter...
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Don't you have some racists to take care of elsewhere?
Oh, lovers tiff...nice on a particularly rainy Wednesday evening.
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(..)

And mint sauce goes with lamb. Duck is 'a la orange'!
I appreciate your sense of humour but I have a strong disagreement with your sense of culinary art. I can't imagine a couple of sheeps making all this effort to create the best lamb, caring for its growth, being brought to you and have it's most noble parts eaten with some mint sauce?
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Having already had my second cup of coffee, and feeling pretty sharp, I sensed the opportunity to make a funny... "Ah," I quipped, "that explains all the honking!"

I looked around at my colleagues, their laughter being the reward for my clever pun. Nope, nothing but expression-less faces, gaping at an Englishman chortling to himself and wondering if he didn't have a few screws loose...

"The geese.... the honking.... Geese honking?" I tried to explain, but to no avail. These non-native speakers weren't going to reward my wordplay, no matter how witty...

So I came to the only place I could: English Forum. And I present to you:
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"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switerzland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock."

-Orson Welles

The Swiss dont do comedy my friend.... The only thing they find funny is that us foreigners stay here for so long, putting up with them....
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Don't you have some racists to take care of elsewhere?
No I do not
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Old 13.07.2011, 20:50
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Don't make such a paté of it

zee evening's silly thread..... there's always one
I was going to ask you to stop being so flocking silly, but then I realised there are only so many goose-relate puns you can make.

Fish-related puns, however, always have a plaice.
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I was going to ask you to stop being so flocking silly, but then I realised there are only so many goose-relate puns you can make..
You talkin' to me ?

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Don't you have some racists to take care of elsewhere?
We all thought you had flounced again (YET again...)
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These non-native speakers weren't going to reward my wordplay, no matter how witty...
You said it: non-native speakers. You won't reward the genious humour of this guy either, just because speaking French will not be enough to get it, let alone enjoying it. I thought of it because goose in French is oie, which is also a conjugated form of the verb ouir, and let the fun beginn (well, at least for us mother tongue speakers):
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18...s-oui-dire_fun

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A colleague is travelling in the US, and she sent back this picture of her commute to work, with the comment "Traffic jam!"



Having already had my second cup of coffee, and feeling pretty sharp, I sensed the opportunity to make a funny... "Ah," I quipped, "that explains all the honking!"

I looked around at my colleagues, their laughter being the reward for my clever pun. Nope, nothing but expression-less faces, gaping at an Englishman chortling to himself and wondering if he didn't have a few screws loose...

"The geese.... the honking.... Geese honking?" I tried to explain, but to no avail. These non-native speakers weren't going to reward my wordplay, no matter how witty...

So I came to the only place I could: English Forum. And I present to you:


















"Traffic jam!"

"Ah! That explains all the honking..."





(I'll get my coat...)
As the joke as such is obvious, I have some doubts about their English-language-capabilities (oral comprehension is the expression for this)

YOU however overestimate your humourous capability, as your comment rather REDUCED the obvious joke
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YOU however overestimate your humourous capability, as your comment rather REDUCED the obvious joke
...now this is funny!!
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Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...

Me to Swiss husband -
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Swiss husband
'what the hell's a time fly?'
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As the joke as such is obvious, I have some doubts about their English-language-capabilities (oral comprehension is the expression for this)

YOU however overestimate your humourous capability, as your comment rather REDUCED the obvious joke
Yeah, I get it. No Swiss passport for me.
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Yeah, I get it. No Swiss passport for me.

Not really .... NO
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"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switerzland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock."

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The amusing thing about this joke is that most Americans and most brits don't get why it actually is pretty funny.
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Old 13.07.2011, 22:17
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The amusing thing about this joke is that most Americans and most brits don't get why it actually is pretty funny.
tell us what makes brits & americans laugh about this joke?
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Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...

Yeah, puns are only funny to anglophiles--I don't think it's a case of them not understanding the words. It took my (Italian) husband years to warm up to them. I think this is because all their languages are so homophone poor.

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A colleague is travelling in the US, and she sent back this picture of her commute to work, with the comment "Traffic jam!"


Having already had my second cup of coffee, and feeling pretty sharp, I sensed the opportunity to make a funny... "Ah," I quipped, "that explains all the honking!"

I looked around at my colleagues, their laughter being the reward for my clever pun. Nope, nothing but expression-less faces, gaping at an Englishman chortling to himself and wondering if he didn't have a few screws loose...

"The geese.... the honking.... Geese honking?" I tried to explain, but to no avail. These non-native speakers weren't going to reward my wordplay, no matter how witty...

So I came to the only place I could: English Forum. And I present to you:


















"Traffic jam!"

"Ah! That explains all the honking..."





(I'll get my coat...)
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