There’s a fun little language meme over at alt.usage.english Google Group: bar jokes that hinge on fine points of grammar, punctuation, and linguistics. Peter Moylan of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, got the ball rolling on November 22*:
1. A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.
2. A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.
3. A question mark walks into a bar?
4. Two quotation marks “walk into” a bar.
5. A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, planning to drink.
6. The bar was walked into by the passive voice.
7. Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.
Last time I checked, there were 126 posts, many with multiple entries. Some of my favorites:
- A spoonerism balks into a war.
- A colon walks into a bar and evacuates.
- A snowclone walks into the mother of all bars.
- omg a TnAjrrr wks n2 a bar
- Davy Crockett walks into a b'ar.
- A superlative goes into a bar none.
- A musician segues into a bar.
- A telegrapher walks into a -... .- .-. .
And there’s this, from Jerry Friedman (no relation):
A poet walks into a bar.
“A metaphor, friends, is a star.
It always sounds neater
In anapest meter,
And the rhyme shouldn’t mar it or jar.”
My own (unposted) contribution: A clumsy ballerina walks into a barre.
Completely independently (I think), Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten posted this bit of brilliance on Twitter last week:
* UPDATE: Commenter Allison Callan points out that Peter Moylan's original post wasn't original: it quoted a November 8 article by Erik K. Auld on McSweeney's.