You think puns in *one* language are bad...
November 13, 2008 1:24 AM Subscribe
Bahasa Indonesia speakers! My late, beloved grandmother was an expert in dreadful multi-lingual puns. Help me remember a silly joke she used to tell about roosters.
posted by [ixia] to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This joke can only be told well by someone who speaks heavily accented English, and you need to know a little Indonesian to laugh at the punchline.
Here is what I remember of the joke:
One evening, a woman is hurrying along the street, carrying her shopping. A man is running towards her, not looking where he's going. He crashes into the woman and knocks all her groceries into the gutter.
"Oh!" says the man. "I am sorry, I am sorry!"
The woman looks afronted. "Ayam sore? AYAM SORE?!"
[English translation: A chicken in the evening? A CHICKEN in the EVENING?!]
The woman then yells something at the man which translates in English to: "A rooster in the morning!"
What is this punchline in Bahasa? And where is the pun, slang or implied insult which I remember made the joke so funny? It could easily have been something a bit risque - her English jokes were fairly ribald!
I'll probably never tell this joke as well as she did, but I will send an enormous plate of love and virtual tempeh goreng to anyone who can help me remember how it went.