Interested in Language
"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.
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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