Monday, May 21, 2007

Jon Stewart on Tony Blair and George Bush

After talking about Blair's departure from the world stage and then running a send-up montage of George and Tony cavorting at the height of their relationship:
The end of an era. Or rather, the end of many errors.
Sounded completely seamless, and the interpretation of the joke wasn't impeded in the least by the r-ful vs. r-less difference. (The map, from here, shows areas where white Americans have been reported to be r-less.) That is, for the joke to work, you have to be able to interpret the last word of the first sentence as error, as said by a speaker who doesn't produce full r sounds at the end of syllables, even though you do get an r before the s at the end of the second sentence. But then, it seems like everybody gets the joke with the name r-ful dialects, where the humor is in the possible confusion with awful dialects.

OK, it's true: Nothing ruins a joke like explaining it.

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