I don't get this French joke
December 10, 2013 9:30 AM Subscribe
A colleague of mine brought some candy back from France, and there are silly jokes written on the inside of the wrappers. Most of them are cute enough, but there's one that uses a word that I don't know and can't find a definition for. Is it just a nonsense word?
posted by spielzebub to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the joke: Pourquoi le phoque se marre? Parce que l'ota rit! (l'otarie)
Translation: Why does the seal laugh? Because the [ota] laughs!
I get that l'ota rit (the [ota] laughs) sounds like l'otarie, (the sea lion), but is ota just a nonsense word here? Or am I missing something?