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A taste for the pawky?

If you read this blog, and the comments, you probably do. Check it out as the word of the week. And now, without further ado, the joke of the week.
Posted by John McIntyre at 2:25 PM | | Comments (2)


I believe that Mr. Mencken described Miss Nellie, a prominent Baltimore madam, as having a pawky sense of humor.

Pish. Never mind Mencken. What about:

Cousin Dave, your cheeky wit
Is wasted on a prostate tumour.
The growth that grips your wedding bit
Ignores your pawky northern humour,
...For cancer's dull, a fool that fills
...Our lives with boredom, pain and pills.

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