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Why did the Girl Blush When She Opened the Refrigerator?

April 18, 2010

Because she saw the salad dressing.

I heard this joke in the movie Brothers, which I watched last night on dvd.

The humor lies in the transformation of “dressing” from a gerund to a participle.

Instead of being a sauce that one pours on a salad, “dressing” describes what the salad is doing, i.e. upon opening the door, the girl sees the naked salad, which causes her to blush, as it is in the process of putting on its clothes.

The word “salad” also experiences a transformation. It goes from being an adjective to a noun. As a sauce, it describes the specific type of food on which you pour the sauce. As the processing of putting on clothes, “salad” is a thing that is performing a specific activity.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2010 7:57 pm

    You should write an entire book: “Trung Explains Lame Jokes for the Humor Impaired.” πŸ˜‰

    • Trung permalink
      April 19, 2010 12:09 am

      i’m tempted to do so now! πŸ™‚

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