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    pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    Hi there,

    As a non-English native speaker, I really don't get this pun, could you please help me out?

    Thank you very much.

    Why, 8 nickels=2 paradigms ??

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    Re: pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    US and Canadian coins are penny (1c), nickle (5c), dime (10c), quarter (25c) etc.
    Eight nickles (40c) equals two pair (four) of dimes, or 4 x 10c = 40cents.

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    Re: pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    This is a very bad pun, IQU.

    So bad, it's hardly worth the trouble of explaining it.

    It depends on your knowing that paradigm is pronounced para-dime.

    Even so, we have to torture the pronunciation of two paradigms into sounding like 'two pairs of dimes'.

    Terrible.

    Rover

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    Re: pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    This is a very bad pun, IQU.

    So bad, it's hardly worth the trouble of explaining it.

    It depends on your knowing that paradigm is pronounced para-dime.

    Even so, we have to torture the pronunciation of two paradigms into sounding like 'two pairs of dimes'.

    Terrible.

    Rover
    Yes, it's a worthless pun, but I think some American accents wouldn't need much torturing to achieve it.
    It doesn't work in my accent either though.

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    Re: pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Even so, we have to torture the pronunciation of two paradigms into sounding like 'two pairs of dimes'.
    In the informal speech of such a punster, 'two pair o' dimes' is surely not unlikely.

    That seems to make sense
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    (Forty of them, perhaps.)

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    Re: pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    ::::slinking away in shame, as I actually used a similar pun in a business meeting once::::: This guy had droned on for 30 minutes using every corporate buzzword known to the Fortune 500: "Blah blah blah risk profile blah blah blah promote the customer to trusted advisor status blah blah blah paradigm." One attendee asked "What's a 'paradigm'?" and I answered "Twenty cents." (True, "paradigm" in the singular doesn't sound exactly like "pair of dimes", but one grabs whatever laughs one can get during excrutiating meetings.)

    In a similar vein, while at the hospital recently chatting in the corridor with a surgeon, he invited me into his office. Pointing at the sign on the door listing the two cariologists who shared the suite I told him "This place houses a true paradox." ("Pair of docs", get it?! Hello? ::::tap tap:::: Is this microphone working?) Hmmm, I guess I'll hold off on my "paradise"/"pair of dice" joke.....

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    Re: pun--eight nickels=2 paradigms. why??

    And I thought that puerile punning was a plebeian pastime of pathetic past-its from our periphery of the pond.

    Ouisch has Nonsch-alantly proved me wrong.

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