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Village Idiot 13.07.2011 20:29

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

http://i56.tinypic.com/2wg59uo.jpg

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:
















http://i56.tinypic.com/2wg59uo.jpg

"Traffic jam!"

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

:jester: :wave: :jester:



(I'll get my coat...)

13.07.2011 20:31

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Don't quit your day job man

Sky 13.07.2011 20:31

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
..... lost in translation eh ? :msnnerd:

lost_inbroad 13.07.2011 20:32

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
I somehow understand you username now. :rolleyes:

Village Idiot 13.07.2011 20:33

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by porsch1909 (Post 1263551)
Don't quit your day job man

Wow. Tough crowd. :msntongue:

MrVertigo 13.07.2011 20:33

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
humour is a foreign language.

Guest 13.07.2011 20:34

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
I, for one, found it hilarious :msnblush:

13.07.2011 20:34

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Village Idiot (Post 1263555)
Wow. Tough crowd. :msntongue:

Quote:

Originally Posted by lost_inbroad (Post 1263554)
I somehow understand you username now. :rolleyes:

I'm not as brutal as him though!

TheWolverine 13.07.2011 20:35

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Hey those are ducks in that picture aren't they ?
I hear they are quite yummy with a bit of mint sauce.

13.07.2011 20:36

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Just loved it too :D

Village Idiot 13.07.2011 20:36

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by porsch1909 (Post 1263560)
I'm not as brutal as him though!

That's why you got a 'Thanked'. ;)

lost_inbroad 13.07.2011 20:37

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by porsch1909 (Post 1263560)
I'm not as brutal as him though!

Yeah, yeah...I'm a pussycat.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ashishshah (Post 1263565)
Hey those are ducks in that picture aren't they ?
I hear they are quite yummy with a bit of mint sauce.

:msnsick:


Quote:

Originally Posted by Bertrand - Geneva (Post 1263566)
Just loved it too :D

Surprise, surprise....:rolleyes:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Village Idiot (Post 1263568)
That's why you got a 'Thanked'. ;)

At least somebody loves ya....;)

Village Idiot 13.07.2011 20:38

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ashishshah (Post 1263565)
Hey those are ducks in that picture aren't they ?
I hear they are quite yummy with a bit of mint sauce.

No, no, no. You've got it all wrong. Ducks QUACK, and that wouldn't be a clever joke at all.

These are geese. Geese HONK. Hence the clever wordplay about the two meanings of honk -- cars honking, geese honking, a traffic jam... (Uh oh. I'm sensing deja vu.) :msntongue:

And mint sauce goes with lamb. Duck is 'a la orange'!

TheWolverine 13.07.2011 20:39

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lost_inbroad (Post 1263572)
:msnsick:

So no sense of humor and no sense of taste... ?

Sky 13.07.2011 20:41

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Don't make such a paté of it :rolleyes:

zee evening's silly thread..... there's always one

lost_inbroad 13.07.2011 20:41

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ashishshah (Post 1263579)
So no sense of humor and no sense of taste... ?

...at least I can read "geese" and know what they look like. ;)

TheWolverine 13.07.2011 20:41

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Village Idiot (Post 1263576)
No, no, no. You've got it all wrong. Ducks QUACK, and that wouldn't be a clever joke at all.

These are geese. Geese HONK. Hence the clever wordplay about the two means of honk -- cars honking, geese honking, a traffic jam... (Uh oh. I'm sensing deja vu.) :msntongue:

You mean like the Honky Tonk man ?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Village Idiot (Post 1263576)
And mint sauce goes with lamb. Duck is 'a la orange'!

So these ducks don't go with mint sauce ? Is that what you are saying ?

13.07.2011 20:42

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Well according to the thread title...our learned friend LiB wouldn't 'get it' anyway

Captain Greybeard 13.07.2011 20:42

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Only village idiots don't know that puns are among the trickiest aspects of any language. And among all the languages I speak, English is the language that has by far the most puns, because its grammar has been stripped down to the bare essentials and even below, and because its weird orthographic system allows all sorts of distortions of words.

English puns are a minefield for non-native speakers. And puns can't be translated. That's why many jokes can't be translated either, simply because they are based on puns.

Sky 13.07.2011 20:42

Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lost_inbroad (Post 1263583)
...at least I can read "geese" and know what they look like. ;)

no you can't.. some might be ganders


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