Friday, April 2, 2010

Sexuality in the Semantics of Names

A man boarded an aircraft at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 for New York, and taking his seat as he settled in, he noticed a very beautiful woman boarding the plane. He realised she was heading straight toward his seat and bingo - she took the seat right beside him.

"Hello," he blurted out, "Business trip or vacation?"

She turned, smiled enchantingly and said, "Business. I'm going to the annual nymphomaniac convention in the United States."

He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting for nymphomaniacs!

Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business role at this convention?"

"Lecturer," she responded. "I use my experience to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality."

"Really," he smiled, "what myths are those?"

"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well endowed when, in fact, it's the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is that French men are the best lovers, when actually it is the men of Greek descent. We have also found that the best potential lovers in all categories are the Irish."

Suddenly the woman became uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she said "I really shouldn't be discussing this with you, I don't even know your name!"

"Tonto," the man said. "Tonto Papadopoulos, but my friends call me Paddy."

-I received this joke in an e-mail, the author is unknown.


Anonymous said...

Tonto?!? In Italian it is not a very flattering noun/adjective (it means stupid, thick), nor is it in Spanish (foolish)! ;-)

Laura Payne said...

Because of the popularity of the American radio and television show "The Lone Ranger" and its characters, Tonto has become a prototypical name for an American Indian, thus the use of the name in this joke.

Erin Davis said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

That was precious!!! Excellent blog!

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