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Stefan Linnemann
1032018.  Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:59 am Reply with quote

With my love and experience of language I created a game in my youth, simply to make interruptions from my reading less of a drag. My older brother also became quite adept at it, to the point where we'll be playing at some point without realising it until an innocent bystander chuckles and begs us to stop, because, while humourous, it's mentally exhausting (to) them.

The object of the game is to be amused, or even laugh. The means is to engage in smalltalk with one- or two-liners, keeping a flow of conversation in which each utterance is a reaction to what the previous person said, while linguistically correct (out of context), (almost) certainly not what they meant at the time. Nota bene: one should not go out of ones way to imbue meaning where there is none, nor to torture language into forms or meaning it never had. My orevious example of "waiting on the bus" was a genuine linguistic error, as its not correct English. However, it also works with the next example .

A: "I was waiting for the № 2 bus, when it suddenly started raining cats and dogs."
B: "Could not the bus have done its own waiting?"
C (dutch accent): "I've never been waited on by a bus, by a busboy, once, though."
A (spreading garlic butter on a slice of french bread): "Once dough, now bread.'
B: "Now, bread is an interesting topic, I've always wanted to learn to make it myself."

1032040.  Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:08 pm Reply with quote

I remember playing a game kind of like this in school in which the placement of a subordinate clause or prepositional phrase made the otherwise normal sentence weird. For example:

A: "I walked the dog in a coat because it had become quite cold."
B: "Did the dog not wearing clothes not get a walk then?"

1032124.  Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:35 am Reply with quote

No, it got it another time.

Stefan Linnemann
1032302.  Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:53 pm Reply with quote

What kind of time did it have before, then? A time-out?

1032351.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:47 am Reply with quote

Kit-kat, actually.

Alfred E Neuman
1032371.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:51 am Reply with quote

I prefer acquiring my cats fully assembled.

1032372.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:53 am Reply with quote

When you have your cats assembled, what do you say to them?

1032376.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:13 am Reply with quote

"Make sure they're in working order."

1032393.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:22 am Reply with quote

Is that alphabetical or numerical order?

1032394.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:43 am Reply with quote

A working order such as "Do your job!" ?

1032411.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:06 am Reply with quote

Of course I'm doing my job. Why would I want to do someone else's?

Stefan Linnemann
1032501.  Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:32 pm Reply with quote

We're not getting into coveting thy neighbour's ass here, are we? Though she is perfectly sculpted in that area, I must proffer.

1032506.  Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:32 am Reply with quote

I didn't realise they made prosthetics of that kind.

Stefan Linnemann
1032751.  Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:48 pm Reply with quote

What's so kind about any prosthetics? Other than going without might be even worse.

1032761.  Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:32 pm Reply with quote

I can't see why without would be worse than going.


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