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Best-of joke of the week: "The Lawyer's Accident"

Posted by John McIntyre at 8:31 AM | | Comments (1)


That punch-line packed quite a punch, John.

Being a lefty, I had a slightly squeamish visceral reaction to the upshot of that gag----severed left arm, and all.

Too bad the hapless lawyer wasn't wearing a Timex (instead of the Rollex) at that fateful instant when the garbage truck plowed into him, and his new Benz.

As the late, great broadcaster/ pitchman John Cameron Swayze used to chime over the air-waves, " TIMEX,....... it takes a licking and keeps on ticking."

But then the joke would lose much of its intended impact (no pun intended), since the point was this newly-partnered lawyer was trying to be the typical high-roller, money's-no-object kind of ostentatiously showy, nouveau riche type guy. Rollexes are definitely for the rarefied high-roller set.

Frankly, I've never met a lawyer joke I didn't like.


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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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