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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!"



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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Old 13.07.2011, 20:31
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Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...

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

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

I somehow understand you username now.
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Don't quit your day job man
Wow. Tough crowd.
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Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...

humour is a foreign language.
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I, for one, found it hilarious
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I'm not as brutal as him though!
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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.
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Just loved it too
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That's why you got a 'Thanked'.
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I'm not as brutal as him though!
Yeah, yeah...I'm a pussycat.

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Hey those are ducks in that picture aren't they ?
I hear they are quite yummy with a bit of mint sauce.



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Just loved it too
Surprise, surprise....

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At least somebody loves ya....
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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.)

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

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So no sense of humor and no sense of taste... ?
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Re: My humour is lost on the Swiss...

Don't make such a paté of it

zee evening's silly thread..... there's always one
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So no sense of humor and no sense of taste... ?
...at least I can read "geese" and know what they look like.
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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.)
You mean like the Honky Tonk man ?

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

Well according to the thread title...our learned friend LiB wouldn't 'get it' anyway
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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.
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no you can't.. some might be ganders
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