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    A joke beyond my comprehension

    "My young son was discussing a school health class with my mother, who coquettishly admits to being "39 and holding." "Grandma," he asked, "have you been through your metamorphosis yet?" - Reader Digest, April 2009.
    I would be much grateful if you could tell me what the joke is behind the utterance.

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    Re: A joke beyond my comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    "My young son was discussing a school health class with my mother, who coquettishly admits to being "39 and holding." "Grandma," he asked, "have you been through your metamorphosis yet?" - Reader Digest, April 2009.
    I would be much grateful if you could tell me what the joke is behind the utterance.
    Hi Deepurple,

    The joke is on the malapropism (on the youngster's part). He meant instead to say menopause - a very forward question for him to pose to his grandma -- but kids, not yet fully aware of social graces, sometimes have a way of doing just that.

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    Re: A joke beyond my comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi Deepurple,

    The joke is on the malapropism (on the youngster's part). He meant instead to say menopause - a very forward question for him to pose to his grandma -- but kids, not yet fully aware of social graces, sometimes have a way of doing just that.
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    But excuse me, what does "39 and holding" mean in the joke?

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    Re: A joke beyond my comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    But excuse me, what does "39 and holding" mean in the joke?
    Hi Deepurple,

    Though he probably did not originate the practice of being "39 and holding," Jack Benny (1894 - 1974), the beloved American comedian, certainly did popularize the idea that one could remain, by his (or her) own account, a perennial age 39. - from wikiquote, Jack Benny:
    • Marilyn Monroe: What about the difference in our ages?
    • Jack: Oh, it's not that big a difference. You're twenty-five and I'm thirty-nine.
    • Marilyn Monroe: I know, Jack. But what about twenty-five years from now when I'm fifty and you're thirty-nine?
    • Jack: Gee, I never thought of that.
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