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Surely you jest: The probationary assassin

Posted by John McIntyre at 9:25 AM | | Comments (4)


Another good one, thanks for the chuckle.

A good joke, if one I've heard before. But the third assassin being a woman makes the gag more than a bit misogynistic, no? I don't remember that detail from when i heard it before.

It would have been less misogynistic if a man had beaten a woman to death?

Well, he would have been just one man of three, instead of the only representative of his sex. But it's nonessential to the gag itself, anyway.

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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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