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    Question where is the humur ?

    A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

    I know each word of the above Church Bulletin, but I don't know where the humor is. Could you tell me the meaning of the two sentences?


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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

    I know each word of the above Church Bulletin, but I don't know where the humor is. Could you tell me the meaning of the two sentences?


    I am Taiwanese from Taipei.

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    This seems to be one of a list of Church Meeting jokes. By itself, it's not that funny.

    The clue is in the bean supper. Beans are supposed to make you fart. To prevent embarassment from noisy explosions after the supper, music will be played.
    (Beans have this special connotation in the west specifically after the movie 'Blazing Saddles' which had an infamous bean-eating scene. I'm sure that cabbages and other things are just as bad.)

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    I've always understood the music to refer to the sounds of flatulence which will follow the bean supper.

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Yes, exactly - farting is sometimes called "tooting" or "hooting" so that is supposed to be the "music" in the humorous interpretation.
    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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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I've always understood the music to refer to the sounds of flatulence which will follow the bean supper.
    Yes, that would work too. This is the first time I've heard that one, so I hadn't had time to meditate on the possibilities!

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This seems to be one of a list of Church Meeting jokes. By itself, it's not that funny.

    The clue is in the bean supper. Beans are supposed to make you fart. To prevent embarassment from noisy explosions after the supper, music will be played.
    (Beans have this special connotation in the west specifically after the movie 'Blazing Saddles' which had an infamous bean-eating scene. I'm sure that cabbages and other things are just as bad.)
    Can we use "bean feast" replace "bean supper" ?

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Not if you're in New England, where they are called "Bean Suppers."
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    Question Re: where is the humur ?

    A bean-feast is primarily an annual dinner given by an employer to his workmen. By extension, colloquially, it describes any jollification. The word, and its shorter form "beano," are fairly common in Britain, less known in the United States.

    The above explantion was found from a dictionary.


    Therefore, if we use "bean-feast" replaced "bean supper", then the church bulletin is still a joke?

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Not if you're in New England, where they are known as Bean Suppers.

    It's as true now as it was when I posted it five minutes ago.
    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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    Wink Re: where is the humur ?

    If I use "feast"or "party" replace "bean supper"is OK?

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