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Thread #33702 Message #452434
Posted By: CRANKY YANKEE
30-Apr-01 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: NON IRRITATING JEWISH JOKES
Subject: RE: NON IRRITATING JEWISH JOKES
But, Kat/Katlaughing, they are the only two Yiddish phrases I know that fit the situation at all. I only know two more, the one in the Veampire-football game jokes and the one coming up.
This joke was my Grandfather's (Isasac Katzberg's) favorite joke.
Two guys are telling jokes, One starts to say, "There were these two Jews waiting at...........". The other interrupts him, "Wait a minute", he says,"Why do they have to be Jewish?"
"Never mind all that, can't you tell the joke using some other group?", asks the opther.
"No", replies the first "Because.......".
"Well, try!", says the second.
"O.K., There were two Englishmen waiting for a streetcar, One turns to the other and says,
'I say there old bean, A VU KUPF MENDAUKH EIN TROLLEYCAR?'"...........
(when is the next trolleycar?)
Now, all of you "noodnicks" and "kvetch" where do ANY of my jokes involve exclusively Jewish stereotypes?
The vampire joke would be funny if the vampire was Japanese and said something like, "Sore-wa Nahn desuka?"(what is that) but it wouldn't be quite as funny. (I DO know how to spell Japanese, in "Romanji")
The one about the Jewish couple in New Orleans would be funny if they were Amish or Mennonite, except that people from Pennsylvania aren't "Yankees" and Rhode Islanders are.
The football game one would be funny also if the teams were Notre Dame and Carlisle and Notre Dame's center spoke "Navaho". But I don't know the Navaho phrase for "It wouldn't help". And Carlisle also traditionally has a very strong Football team. (Jim Thorpe went to Carlisle).
So where do any of my jokes involve negative stereotypes? Differences, yes, unsavory or negative differences?, No.
The Joke that MarkS told about the "Nihonjin" in Tokyo saying saying, "Gee, you don't look Jewish". is hillarious, and not at all degrading or insulting.