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Knock-Knock Joke
撰文者: Wayne 發表日期: March 3, 2010 – 12:00 am

版主就讀美國研究所時,班上有位從對岸外交部來研習的資深翻譯員,她的中英口譯功力非常棒,上課的表現常令版主吃驚,不禁感歎人外有人、天外有天。這位翻譯程度遠高於班上同學,於是課餘就選修其他政治課程,與老美一起上課,順道體驗美國文化。版主記得有次載她去教會聽牧師講道,途中她突然迸出一句:老師課堂講的笑話,她多數都聽不懂。版主聽聞心有同感,深覺語言層級若是牽涉文化,恐怕不是光靠文法與單字便能理解。因此,版主建站時就決定要寫些親身接觸或者透過媒體體驗到的英美文化,一方面當成自己的筆記,另一方面則提供有興趣的網友參考。

今天版主要講解一個關於「雙關語 (pun)」的玩笑/笑話:knock-knock joke ( 敲門笑話)。這種西方兒童常玩的笑話有下面的結構 (來源:urban dictionary)

(定義) A knock-knock joke is a joke made about a caller at the door. It usually ends up as a play on words.

(結構) The structure of a knock-knock joke is as follows:

Person 1: Knock-knock.

Person 2: Who’s there?

Person 1: (Phrase A).

Person 2: ‘(Phrase A)’ who?

Person 1: (Phrase A) (funny punch line). – 笑點所在

(例子) Here is a knock-knock joke:

George: Knock-knock.

Reginald: Who’s there?

George: Em.

Reginald: ‘Em’ who?

George: Emphysema!* So you’d better quit smoking!

*emphysema = 肺氣腫 (disease that affects the lungs and makes breathing difficult)

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其他有名的 knock-knock joke 還包括:

  • A: Knock Knock
    B: Who’s there?
    A: Orange
    B: Orange who?
    A: Orange you even going to open the door? (Orange = Aren’t you)
  • A: Knock knock
    B: who’s there?
    A: Wendy
    B: Wendy who?
    A: Wendy last time you take a bath? (Wendy = When did you)
  • A: Knock knock
    B: Who’s there?
    A: Orange
    B: Orange who?
    A: Orange u going to give us a break by zipping credit card through the credit card machine?
    ** 電影《電子情書》(You’ve got mail) 的ㄧ段對白 **
  • A: Knock knock
    B: Who’s there?
    A: Who
    B: Who who?
    A: Is there an owl in here? (Who Who => 美國人模仿的貓頭鷹叫聲 )
  • A: Knock Knock
    B: Who’s there?
    A: Voodoo
    B: Voodoo who?
    A: Voodoo you think you are! (Voodoo = who do)
  • A: Would you like to hear me tell a joke?
    B: Yeah, yeah. We’d like to hear a joke from you.
    A:Knock Knock
    B: Who’s there?
    A: Go Fuck yourselves.
    ** 電影《神鬼交鋒》(Catch me if you can) 的ㄧ段對白 **

網路上這樣的例子不勝枚舉,網友只要知道有這樣玩弄文字的小遊戲便可。順道一提,外國人有時後也會說 “Knock Knock” 來引起對方的注意。

 

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