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    Why is "prune" laughable?

    Hi there

    I was reading an article about food, and there's an short paragraph about prunes.

    "He even loved prunes. No one loves prunes. In the English language, there are just a handful of words that come with their own built-in
    laugh track, and prune is one of them. He didn’t care."

    I don't understand what's so funny about prunes. Is it a pun or something?
    Please help me.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    Prunes have a reputation for being Nature's laxative. Older people eat them to keep themselves "regular". Really wrinkly old people are described as "prune-faced." So over the years prunes have been the butt of many jokes, despite being a healthy fruit. In fact, the California Prune Board once launched an advertising campaign to try and reverse public opinion about prunes, to give prunes a new image, so to speak.

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    #3

    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    In your first sentence, "an" before "short" should be "a".

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    #4

    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    By the way odilonredon, are you sure you have the right meaning for 'prune'. In French une prune is a plum.

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    #5

    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    Where did French come into it? (I can see your point - I would find plums funnier than prunes!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    Prunes ARE plums, or at least they used to be.

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    #7

    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    I am not a teacher.

    Precisely. And in French 'une prune' is a plum and 'un pruneau' is a prune. They don't really make anyone laugh much here.

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    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    Well, no, they wouldn't make anyone laugh there. The reason "plums" makes people laugh in the UK is that the word is used as a euphemism for testicles.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    I don't find either of them funny.

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    Re: Why is "prune" laughable?

    Is it not used the same way in AmE?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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