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    Question where is the humor ?

    Twenty-two members were present at the church meeting held at the home of Mrs. Marsha Crutchfield last evening. Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang a duet, The Lord Knows Why.


    Could you please tell me where is the humor in the above joke.

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    Default Re: where is the humor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    Twenty-two members were present at the church meeting held at the home of Mrs. Marsha Crutchfield last evening. Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang a duet, The Lord Knows Why.


    Could you please tell me where is the humor in the above joke.

    THANK YOU

    From Tien-sung (Taiwan)
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    (1) I think that it should read something like:

    The duet Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang "The Lord Knows Why."

    (2) As written, it says that only the Lord knows why those two

    ladies decided to sing together (impying that their performance

    was pretty horrible).
    Last edited by TheParser; 24-Sep-2010 at 12:53.

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    Question Re: where is the humor ?

    Thank TheParder.

    But I still have a question:

    Why the church bulletin uses " twenty-two " instead " several" or "two dozen"...? Is there any special meaning here?



    Tien-sung

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    Default Re: where is the humor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    Thank TheParder.

    But I still have a question:

    Why the church bulletin uses " twenty-two " instead " several" or "two dozen"...? Is there any special meaning here?



    Tien-sung
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    (1) Thank you for your kind note.

    (2) I am afraid that I do not understand your question.

    (a) I do not think that there is any special meaning.

    (b) The bulletin simply states how many people (twenty-two)

    attended that day.

    (i) "several" would be rather unprecise. "I have several friends"


    could mean five or six, for example.

    (ii) "Two dozen" would be closer, but the writer wanted to be

    precise.

    (3) If my answer is not satisfactory, please post a similar question.

    Perhaps someone else can give you a better answer.

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    Default Re: where is the humor ?

    ----- Not an ESL teacher -----

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    Thank TheParser.

    But I still have a question:

    Why the church bulletin uses " twenty-two " instead " several" or "two dozen"...? Is there any special meaning here?



    Tien-sung
    Maybe this number is related to the hymn? As in the other similar church joke you posted recently? What is the number of the hymn "The Lord Knows Why?"

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    Default Re: where is the humor ?

    The number is irrelevant. Churches like to have accurate censuses of events. My church's bulletin lists the exact attendance figures from each Mass the previous week. It's a detail that makes it seem more realistic as a joke.

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