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two2tango  Identity Verified
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Jul 18, 2003

I´d like to share with you what a friend has just sent me from Australia.
Enjoy!!

Haydée



For all you lexiophiles (lovers of words)

1. A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.
2. What's the definition of a will? It's a dead giveaway.
3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
4. A backward poet writes inverse.
5. In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes.
6. She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.
7. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
8. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
9. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
10. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.
11. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
12. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
13. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
14. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
15. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.
16. He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
17. Every calendar's days are numbered.
18. A lot of money is tainted. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.
19. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
20. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
21. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
22. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
23. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
24. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
25. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
26. When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
27. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
28. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
29. Acupuncture is a jab well done.
30. Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat


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Dylan Edwards  Identity Verified
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;-) Jul 19, 2003

Workload weighs me down, 10 Oz puns cheers me up!

More!!


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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One pun I remember from "Yes Prime Minister' Jul 19, 2003

Hacker is exasperated with his secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and says something profound. Humphrey is asking him whether he is sad or angry. Hacker replies that he was just quoting Thoreau, whereupon Bernard Wooley cuts in saying: "He said it more in Thoreau than in anger".

And then there was the court jester, who went too far and was sentenced by the king to be hanged. The king then repents and sends word to the gallows, where they were about to hang the jester. The king proposes to pardon the jester, provided the jester gives up punning. The poor fellow could not contain himself and cackles: "No noose is good noose" and he was promptly hanged


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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Another pun Jul 19, 2003

When a doctor makes a mistake, only needs to bury it.

If you want words and puns, you should look for "Sinlogismos", from Luis Felipe Angell "Sofocleto", a Peruvian writer.


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Jonathan Sanders  Identity Verified
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A good pun that I like Jul 19, 2003

"A Freudian slip is when you mean to say one thing, but mean your mother."

How would that be in Spanish?
Maybe:

"Un freudiano es cuando quieres decir una cosa, pero dices oral."

What do you think?


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Pun poem (by me) Jul 19, 2003

Once there was a foolish hare
Who kissed a princess for a dare.
He knew he really didn't ought,
So it served him right when he was caught.
They brought him up before the King,
Who was as mad as anything.
He sent off for the court magician,
And when he'd told him the position,
He said, "Tomorrow afternoon,
"Turn this hare into a goon!"
Before the hare was led away,
The King asked, "What have you to say?"
The hare replied, in tones of sorrow,
"Hare today and goon tomorrow!"


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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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??? Jul 20, 2003

Jonathan Sanders wrote:

"A Freudian slip is when you mean to say one thing, but mean your mother."

How would that be in Spanish?
Maybe:

"Un freudiano es cuando quieres decir una cosa, pero dices oral."

What do you think?
??

Sorry, I don't get it...)


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Dylan Edwards  Identity Verified
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What? Jul 21, 2003

Maybe I'm too Jung to understand.

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two2tango  Identity Verified
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Reflex Jul 21, 2003

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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ok Jul 21, 2003

Andeds wrote:

Maybe I'm too Jung to understand.



I got this one at least!


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DGK T-I  Identity Verified
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From "1066 & All That" (the definitive history of England, in a way) Jul 21, 2003

As it tells the story:
Queen Elizabeth the first imprisoned her former favourite, the Earl of Essex, in the Tower of London on a charge of high treason, under sentence of death. As the time of his execution came closer, he remembered her promise (in happier days) that if he ever angered her, he had only to give her a ring, and she would forgive him.
But he was executed anyway - he tried to give her a ring, but the telephone wasn't working.


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Dylan Edwards  Identity Verified
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}:-] Jul 21, 2003

You're scrambling my brain with all these puns! {:-/



[Edited at 2003-07-25 16:48]


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Dylan Edwards  Identity Verified
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Puns and all that. Jul 21, 2003

The Australian puns above are silly enough to be appreciated by just about everyone here (of all ages).
Since yesterday, "the agony of defeat" has become a popular phrase here.
[Edited at 2003-07-22 06:05]

[Edited at 2003-07-22 08:54]


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two2tango  Identity Verified
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Translation into Spanish Jul 21, 2003

Edwal Rospigliosi wrote:
When a doctor makes a mistake, only needs to bury it.


Cuando un medico se equivoca, lo mejor es echarle tierra al asunto.


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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Correctísimo! Jul 21, 2003

two2tango wrote:

Edwal Rospigliosi wrote:
When a doctor makes a mistake, only needs to bury it.


Cuando un medico se equivoca, lo mejor es echarle tierra al asunto.


Y qué tal:
"Ayer compré un ascensor, porque van a subir"

Lamentablemente, mi copia de "Sinlogismos" se perdió en un agujero negro en mi oficina que es más profundo que el Aleph...


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