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And only in a group of linguists...

...would the following conversation pieces occur and cause uproarious laughter in all assembled.



(Explanations in italics for the uninitiated.)

$linguist1: "I always like to say 'let's haul' instead of 'let's go'."

$linguist2: "How funny! I've never heard that before. For me, it has to be 'let's haul ass'."

$linguist3: "Yeah, if I said 'let's haul', there'd be a silent 'ass' tacked on in my mind."

$other_linguists: :: giggle :: (Note: Linguists sometimes posit that people don't pronounce all the words if the expression is completely recoverable from just the beginning parts. Thus, in this case, "haul ass" would presumably be recoverable from just pronouncing "haul". )

$linguist4: "Me, too. Our dialect of English is obviously ass-dropping."

$linguist3: "It's the ass-dropping parameter of English!"

$other_linguists: Yeeeesss! :: uproarious laughter :: (Note: Linguists sometimes debate over the parameters of language structure, and a famous one is the "pro-drop" parameter. The "ass-dropping" parameter is a parody of this.)

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thewronghands
Apr. 21st, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
I was vaguely amused, mostly because ass jokes are not generally very funny to me. So, I got the linguist part, but fail at toilet humor.
jalenstrix
Apr. 22nd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
How interesting - I completely didn't parse it as toilet humor since my brain was in full linguistics mode and was merely being amused by the parody value. But I'm glad you did enjoy it somewhat.

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