Thursday, June 26, 2008

Humor Break

Writing in City Journal, Stefan Kanfer reviews Jim Holt's Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes. An excerpt:

Other times it aims higher: “In some languages,” said the Oxford philosopher J. L. Austin, “a double negative yields an affirmative. In other languages, a double negative yields a more emphatic negative. Yet, curiously enough, I know of no language, either natural or artificial, in which a double affirmative yields a negative.”

“Suddenly, from the back of the hall, in a round Brooklyn accent, came the comment, ‘Yeah, yeah.’”

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