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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    If you delete the post then the replies related to it would become confusing for the people who read the thread later.
    David, "and every one dealing with it" would delete all of those posts too.

    What a debacle.

    Do you at least understand the joke now?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    What a debacle.
    Still, there must be some satisfaction in knowing that this thread has now had more posts submitted this year than 1,674 others.

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    Talking Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    How about spicing up this old joke with some deliberate misspelling:

    The wether is here. I wish that you were beautiful.
    (Significant other to herself: Jeez! Now you're doing the wether, or what?! )



    And to stretch it further, now I'm wondering whether the wether can weather this weather.

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    Well, I learned a new word.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    How about spicing up this old joke with some deliberate misspelling:

    The wether is here. I wish that you were beautiful.
    (Significant other to herself: Jeez! Now you're doing the wether, or what?! )



    And to stretch it further, now I'm wondering whether the wether can weather this weather.
    @Mav, I also learned a new word. Thanks. You are funny.

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Please tell us more about it.
    Things become funny when word positions are intentionally swapped. Another one I had seen was - I have things to see and people to do. (Originally - things to do and people to see)
    However, it is not so funny if it is explained. Our language sense should just 'get it', so that we can enjoy the joke.

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The common expression was "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here." The joke is switching those words. "The weather is here. I wish you were beautiful."

    How would a girlfriend feel if she got a postcard saying "I wish you were beautiful"? It's just a play on words.

    I regret introducing the phrase. I'm tempted to delete that post and every one dealing with it.
    @Barb_D, I got the joke, but for a moment I suspected you were dissing me. (no, *that* is a joke! )

    Then I noticed that the people who said they did not understand it are not US-based, so I guessed it may be AmE. By the time I googled it and found that it is a song, Mav had beaten me to posting it!


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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    I suppose this type of humour is a version of Spoonerism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    And to stretch it further, now I'm wondering whether the wether can weather this weather.
    Wether weather weather, buffalo buffalo buffalo.

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    David, "and every one dealing with it" would delete all of those posts too.
    Are you saying that people who have posted can delete their own post?.Is that possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you at least understand the joke now?
    Of course I do.

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