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Surely you jest: The three brothers

Posted by John McIntyre at 10:07 AM | | Comments (10)


Ha! Sounds like some of my friends.

Good one, JM.

Take your daughter...please.

You are humorous, Prof. McIntyre, which is much better than funny.

This should be a recurring You Don't Say feature, on a regular schedule, so we all have something to look forward to each week.

Well done. I'd always heard it as drinking to his brothers' and his health, with the punchline being that the main brother was feeling under the weather.

I think I like your variant better.

I wasn't all that impressed with the telling of this joke, I'm afraid. But the "public service" bit at the end made it fantastic!

A wonderful start for a dreary morning. And don't call me Shirley.

I liked the delivery!

R-i-E - you made me laugh, right out loud.


That's fun!

(back at InformationWeek, a colleague and I hosted a "Guy Walks Into a Bar" Joke Contest--this would have been a good entry!)

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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