Nov 12, 2008
Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Other Colors
I have no idea if this will translate to blog, but here's my record of a conversation I had among semi-subtle people on Sunday after church in Durham. We were talking about a beloved former churchmate who moved to Texas three years ago:
Me: So while I was visiting with A, she said they might be moving back to the area. She wants to get her PhD in composition and rhetoric.
Understated Churchpal1: Gosh, don't we have some schools that do that around here? And aren't some of them pretty good?
Dark Blue Churchpal2: Well, at least the ones that are spelled with four letters.
Me: Oh yeah, she's definitely excited about the program at NCSU :-)
Heh. And no lie. According to A's husband, the NCSU and UNC programs are much better than the Duke program.
Wait. UNC only has 3 letters, and Duke has 4. So shouldn't that be that Duke and NCSU are better than UNC? Or does Dark Blue Churchpal2 need a lesson in composition and rhetoric?
Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Nov 12, 2008 7:47:08 PM
This one _is_ hard to translate to blog! I think that DBC, in making the observation that programs with 4 letters were the good ones, was only thinking of Duke's program. Phil agreed about the 4-letter superiority but zinged DBC by concluding that the 4 letters were NCSU. And it was just after-the-fact icing on the cake that A's husband noted Duke's program to be inferior.
Of course, they were not discussing basketball.
Posted by: --Lisa S. | Nov 12, 2008 10:42:37 PM
Lisa S. -- credit to you for sorting it out! DBC was trying to zing UNC, but NCSU trumped him unexpectedly.
I think there's a whole family of humor/putdown based on taking someone's zing and turning it against them. I read a (supposedly true) gag long ago about a senator walking up to one of his bald colleagues, rubbing the top of his head and saying, "this feels just like my wife's bottom!". The bald senator rubbed his own head and said, "by golly, you're right -- it DOES feel just like your wife's bottom."
Oh and regarding Duke-NCSU (or any other prominent/less-prominent school matchup), I hope you know the two jokes whose punchlines are, respectively:
1) "Where's the library at, asshole?"
2) "Well at State they teach us not to pee on our hands."
Posted by: Phil | Nov 12, 2008 11:05:21 PM
Don't know these jokes! But if I learned anything from Dave Barry (or Winston Churchill), I'm guessing #1 stems from one's effort to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition?
Posted by: --Lisa S. | Nov 13, 2008 6:59:12 PM