Saturday, October 16, 2010
Is there innuendo everywhere?
Mr. RK was snacking and watching a show today that featured this dialogue:
Woman #1: "I like it to be 12 inches."
Woman #2: "Some people's 12 inches are different than others."
Woman #1: "Ooooh, I can see all the nuts!"
OK perverts, he was watching a vegetarian cooking show. They were making biscotti.
The hilarious part: Mr. RK said neither of the two women even stifled a grin.
I'd think this was a pretty obvious opportunity to laugh. Or am I just a pervert?
It reminded me of a time when I went on an exchange in Oaxaca, Mexico. My host family had explained the expression "doble sentido," or "double meaning." A couple of days later we were peeling plantains to fry.
"Watch out for some of the bananas, they can get really big!" my host mother said. I didn't get it until everyone roared.
At work a few weeks ago, I didn't aim quite as high but I still flopped. My boss wanted to know if the curriculum for one of our education classes would fit into a standard 1 1/2" binder.
"I think it needs a bigger one," he said.
"Size matters," I replied.
As a business reporter, covering retail sales one year, my lead sentence for a story was this: "When it comes to holiday shopping, size matters." The point of the story was that big chain stores seemed to be doing OK, but smaller stores weren't doing as well.
I got away with it that one time, but the next time I had to do a retail story, my (male) editor said, "And by the way - this time, don't write about how size matters!"