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  • a u-less q word without the q?

    If we had some eggs we could have ham and eggs if we had some ham.

    July 12, 2007

  • F U NE M?

    S, V F M.

    F U NE X?

    S, V F X.

    OK, L F M N X. :-)

    Old one from my Dad....

    July 12, 2007

  • halo kumtux :(

    I just read that as people age, they are slower to get jokes. It was scientific. ;-) Alas.

    Ah, but I choose to believe it is not so.

    July 12, 2007

  • I liked it. :-)

    July 12, 2007

  • Showoff.

    July 12, 2007

  • Nah, once you get the hang of it, they're easier to parse.

    Have you any ham?

    Yes, we have ham.

    Have you any eggs?

    Yes, we have eggs.

    Okay, I'll have ham and eggs.

    July 12, 2007

  • Thanks for putting me out of my misery. ;-)

    July 12, 2007

  • Reminds me of these books I had growing up by William Steig.

    C ER.

    July 12, 2007

  • Yep, that's the idea, trivet. My dad was telling us this one long before I discovered those books, so they were a revelation when I finally did see them. Of course, I had to buy copies for him. :-)

    July 12, 2007

  • I still don't see how "F U NE M?" becomes "Have you any ham?", or how ham connects to tranz at all.

    July 12, 2007

  • I think it is like:

    Heff you enee 'am, if I have the picture right

    Like you, I still don't get the tranz. It seems to be a corruption of "trance," but I do not know how that relates to q and u. Perhaps it is just a misplaced word. Oroboros?

    July 12, 2007

  • Heff you enee 'am?

    'es, ve heff 'am.

    Heff you enee ecks?

    'es, ve heff ecks.

    Okay, I'll heff 'am 'n' ecks.

    The funny part is, it's not just letters that sound like words, it's letters that sound like words WITH AN OUTRAGEOUS ACCENT! ;-)

    July 12, 2007

  • Makes me think of "The Education of H-Y-M-A-N K-A-P-L-A-N" by Leo Rosten, a book which I had not thought of for a while. I am sure it is somewhere in my stash. (rummage, rummage) I remember it being a very funny book years ago. I wonder what I would thin now.


    July 12, 2007

  • Jennarenn, ham & eggs, to my knowledge, have absolutely nothing to do with tranz. However, they *do* have something to do with slumry's initial comment, and that's all I needed today to go off on a wild tangent. ;-)

    I also forgot to explain that the OUTRAGEOUS ACCENT here is supposed to be a send-up of PA Dutch. I guess you have to be there (say, in Lancaster County)....

    July 12, 2007

  • P.S. I think tranz refers to trance music.

    July 12, 2007

  • Ah ha!

    July 12, 2007

  • Yes, tranz is a slang-stylization (!?) for trance-type world beat music. I had totally forgotten I'd listed it and when I came across this eccentric and typically wonderful Wordie comment riff, it surprised me to see I'd listed the kick-off word! I don't understand the tangent slumry took, but I surely have enjoyed the goofy results. Quite a quiddidty o' comments, O S A R...


    July 13, 2007

  • The original joke was that tranz is a word without a q in a "q without u" list. Therefore, it is analagous to optimistically wishing for ham and eggs when you have neither. I assumed that you had somehow included tranz accidentally. Just a small joke with unintended consequences!

    July 13, 2007

  • *red face*, oops! Yer rite! 'Smoved...

    July 13, 2007

  • It's all good fun--thanks for playing along.

    July 13, 2007

  • Didn't this happen with another of your words recently, oroboros? You're positively inspirational....

    July 13, 2007

  • Ahem. *takes bow*

    July 13, 2007