Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I looked at Tom Swifties intently, and I am confused

Humor is a strange thing. It is highly related to the cultures. What is considered funny in Asia might be considered silly in the Western countries, and what cracks the Americans up might never cause a tiny hint of smile on the Asians' faces. In the Chinese societies, most of us grow up reading jokes of "Lao Fu Zi" and found them hilarious, but when we switch our TV channels to the Simpsons, we often missed the wittiness of the show (Well, at least I do).

Leighton introduced me to Tom Swifties. Tom Swifties, when I googled it, was categorized under the JOKES category. Therefore, I supposed it to be funny. But after reading a few of the phrases, I decided I don't like Tom Swifties for he/it/they (if you think it's a person) did not make me laugh. I was left puzzled, confused, dumbfounded, clueless, and at a loss of words. I do not why it made Leighton laugh and not me. I strongly do not believe that I am more dumb. I get the meaning of every single word in the quotes, but I don't see how it can make me laugh even the slightest.

Here are some of the examples (I copied them from Wikipedia)
"Pass me the shellfish," said Tom crabbily.
"Can I go looking for the Grail again?" Tom requested.
"I unclogged the drain with a vacuum cleaner," Tom said succinctly.
"I might as well be dead," Tom croaked.
"They had to amputate them both at the ankles," Tom said defeatedly.

Why don't I find these phrases amusing at all???? Am I missing something here??


A Real Good Bet said...

I don't know, but I think they're funny! Not super funny, but slightly amusing. . .
So . . . I voted today. We'll see what happens I guess . . . =o

Ivy said...

couldn't agree you more? where is the humorous? the only thing that make me laugh is, " huh?are they jokes?"