Fun With Puns: How Do You Say “Buy That One” In Chinese? By Anthony Tao January 28, 2013 12:07 am Comment : 10 Alicia found this one via Michael Poe’s Facebook. As with a lot of these memes, it’s difficult to track down the creator, so we’ll have to settle with giving Internet love. Respect, whoever did this. That’s Denzel Washington from Training Day, of course: Tweet ‹ Previous Next › Tagged: Featured, Memes Comments (10) bag-o-dicks January 28, 2013 at 10:46 am I don’t get it. I mean I understand that “mai neige” sounds like “my nigga” but I don’t see how this is a pun. A pun needs to function on two or more levels to work, this functions on no levels. I mean the Chinese word for “book” sounds like “shoe”. So you could have someone asking for a “shu” accompanying a picture of a book but that would not be funny. At least, it would be no more funny than the characters 那个 accompanying a picture of a black man. Reply Tulletilsynet January 28, 2013 at 11:45 am Yeah, looks pretty much like somebody just wanted to say the n-word and giggle. Beavis & Butthead: The Rejected Episodes. Reply Jonathan Alpart January 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm OK, let me explain the joke to you. Oh wait, then it won’t be funny. Yeesh. Reply bag-o-dicks January 29, 2013 at 9:00 am But I already think it’s not funny. And I’m willing to let you explain the joke but frankly I don’t believe you can. Reply Jay January 30, 2013 at 8:49 am Only people who know both English and Mandarin Chinese can even have a chance at understanding the joke, If you don’t understand both, or don’t understand them well enough that you can immediately feel the cognitive dissonance between the two meanings, you simply won’t feel the joke is funny. When George Carlin said the joke: “I can’t stand people who buy condoms with an Texaco card” The joke is only funny to people who feel the cognitive dissonance between the two. Humor lies in between those two disparate ideas clashing. Also if you are so dead set against anyone using certain words, you simply won’t find it funny. You may also have no sense of humor, but I hope that’s not the case. Reply Jay January 30, 2013 at 9:16 am Humor is about the dissonance created between things / ideas. When George Carlin told the joke, “I can’t stand people who buy condoms with a Texaco card.” It is about dissonance. If you understand Mandarin Chinese and English well enough to immediately feel the dissonance between the two meanings and the similarity between the two pronunciations, you might get the joke. If not, you won’t. It’s not a terrifically funny joke anyway, so no big loss. Reply HarlemSouthTheToughest那个OnTheBlockYo January 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm Word, yo. This is some absolutely crackin’ shit right here. Straight shooting shizzle for dizzle. Was about to sling some lead at this wise ass 妈的法克 but it’s all cool and the gang. I get it. N-word. 9/11 was an inside job. 2013 be the year we ascend to a higher plane. Obama is a reptilian. Reply Six January 29, 2013 at 7:33 am Here is a clue for HarlemSouthTheToughest etc. Creating a paragraph full of what you think is black slang may have been clever in oh lets say about the mid 1990′s, but not in the 21st century. Reply bag-o-dicks January 29, 2013 at 9:07 am Some people still think it’s funny. For instance, the mentally retarded. Reply Seven January 29, 2013 at 8:22 am Are you illuminati? Reply Leave a Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name* Email* Website Submit Comment six × = 54 Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.