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    Smile You get canned more than tuna

    Hello?:D
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    MORGAN
    Boy, I always saw how stupid you need to be to get fired
    from that job. I mean, how hard is it to push a broom around a room.
    CHUCKIE
    Bitch, you got fired from pushing a broom.
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    I got fired because management was restructuring.
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    Yeah, restructuring the amount of retards they had workin' for 'em.
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    Shut up. You get canned more than tuna.
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    From Good Will Hunting

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    1. Does this mean that canned(got fired from a broom) is inferior to tuna(got fired because management was restructuring)?

    2. And is this casual idiom?

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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    It's a laboured (and not very apposite) pun on 'canned'. It says nothing about management. It's fairly mindless anyway, saying nothing in particular about anything. It's just an excuse to trot out a silly pun.

    The fact that it was used in that context suggests that it may have been idiomatic at the time in Am. Eng...? I've never heard it used in Br. Eng.

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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Canned is indeed slang for being fired.

    You get fired more often than tuna fish is put in a can. It would hardly be a witty thing to say, except that the word "caned" replaced "get fired" to make this bad pun.
    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: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Canned is indeed slang for being fired.

    You get fired more often than tuna fish is put in a can. It would hardly be a witty thing to say, except that the word "caned" replaced "get fired" to make this bad pun.
    Why do you think it's a bad pun? I happen to like it; it's a nice play on words.

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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Why do you think it's a bad pun? I happen to like it; it's a nice play on words.
    Q: How do we know which country Jasmin comes from?
    A: She finds 'canned' a nice play on words.


    That's even worse.

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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Q: How do we know which country Jasmin comes from?
    A: She finds 'canned' a nice play on words.


    That's even worse.
    It's creative, at least I think it is.

    I don't see the link between the pun and the country I'm from.

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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I don't see the link between the pun and the country I'm from.
    She finds 'canned' a nice play on words
    She finds 'canned' a nice play on words
    'canned' a
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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    She finds 'canned' a nice play on words
    She finds 'canned' a nice play on words
    'canned' a
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    I guess I'm "slow." In entirely unrelated news, there are some late arrivals at the airport today.

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    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    It's creative, at least I think it is.

    I don't see the link between the pun and the country I'm from.
    I am not a teacher.

    Sheesh---Canadians. (It took me a minute, too.)

    "Canned more than tuna" ain't Oscar Wilde is all we're sayin'.

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    #10

    Re: You get canned more than tuna

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    "Canned more than tuna" ain't Oscar Wilde is all we're sayin'.
    It sure ain't. The pun's not bad, but it would have been better as "You get canned more often than tuna." OK, sometimes I'm hard to please.

    PS:
    You get fired more often than a New York cop's gun.
    You get sacked more often than a pile of potatoes.
    You get retrenched more often than a French battlefield.

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