Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Word Nerds + Bonus Blagojevich

Sometimes a breaking news story demands a response. Following below this clip will be your regularly scheduled episode.



The following is based on something my daughter and I came up with on a camping trip in Kentucky. It's quite possible that she and I are the only people on Earth who will be amused by this. I hope not.



Here's another challenge. Two challenges, actually. First, can someone invent a word for this phenomenon of using a single dual-meaning word to express a complete thought. And second, do you have any examples of your own to add. Please post your responses below. And if I've just wrecked your productivity for the rest of the day, sorry about that.

15 comments:

Nickname unavailable said...

I sure find these videos amusing. (Thanks, Piraro!) Is there a way to send a link to a specific video to a friend? Keep up the good work.

Dave Stratton said...

Sure. Just click on the title of the one you like and you'll go to its own page. Then just copy and paste the url that appears in your browser.

Glad you're enjoying Deadpan Inc.

Mel2 said...

How about: You're looking at giant cement wall that's holding back a lake and you think you see a crack so you say, "Dam."

Or you find that rodents have spent the winter gnawing away on random things in your attic, so you sum up the situation with "Rats."

I like games like this. I also like thinking of words that work with any vowel. Like bad, bed, bid, bod, bud. (Except it's arguable that "bod" isn't a real word. But you get the drift.)

Zelmarific said...

If you saw Rush Limbaugh running to catch a train, you could yell, "Rush!"

martin said...

For some reason I like calling it a "Dual Duel"

You're playing poker at your family reunion but your father's sister is holding up the game because she's not paying attention. So you say, "Ante"

Your foot's been bothering you so you go to a podiatrist, point at your foot and say, "Heel"

daughter stratton said...

I'm tempted to list a bunch, but I suppose I have an unfair advantage...curious to know what people come up with!

Brock said...

Also, if you saw Rush Limbaugh in the restroom, you could yell "Dick!"

Brian said...

Could this be Candidate #5

http://www.amazon.com/Its-About-Money-Achieve-Financial/dp/081293296X

To extend on the podiatrist: What if you were visiting a podiatrist with a sore foot, and a dog started to attack you... heel! (three points!)

Jeremy said...

There is an old joke I know from middle school:

What does an old lady taste like?

Depends.

cheezencrackers said...
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cheezencrackers said...

This is fun.

A brined cucumber is rolling down the street toward a walking blind man's feet and you think, "pickle."

cheezencrackers said...

A squirrel is climbing up your leg with acorns in its razor-sharp teeth, so you shout "Nuts!"

patrick said...

You are a frog and see a hawk bearing down on you. As its talons grip your body, you yell "Croak!"...

(man, it took me like a month to think of a mediocre one that doesn't even work with humans...)

ps: I'd like to see daughter stratton's list

daughter stratton said...

My dad told me I'd been called out here, so I came back to give up my list...

Hiking in the woods with your significant other and you see a fawn: "Dear/Deer"

Upon checking into your hotel, you are informed that you have been upgraded to the room reserved for newlyweds and presidents: "Sweet/Suite"

On Christmas Eve you hear some hissing and rusting and run downstairs in time to see your cat about to attack Santa: "Claus/Claws"

At the zoo, you are not amused by the wild pig: "Boar/Bore"

Your spicy meaty soup has been sitting out for a while and when you take a bite: "Chilly/Chili"

Your friend has just broken up with their significant other, and you are offering to comfort them and listen to them cry about it: "Wine/Whine"

cheezencrackers said...

Well, after seeing her entries I can see that I sure got those instructions wrong. . .

So how about:

A person who speaks English with a Spanish accent has just soiled his bed linens and cries: "Shit/Sheet". . .

Yeah I know, it's offensive on SO many levels. Let's see if Dave posts it.