Ours is a strange language. I speak of course of English, as that is what this is written in. In it, there are some words that, for no apparent reason, are funnier than others. The prime example is ‘pants’. Stick the word practically anywhere and you’ll get a chuckle. “My fellow Americans. Pants.” “Our Father, who art in Pants.” “Dearly beloved. We are gathered here for pants.” “Yay, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no pants.” Same goes for derivatives of pants. Underwear is mundane. Underpants, hilarious! Short shorts? Meh. Hot Pants? HA! Now, pants is (are?) not alone in this category. Noodles, for example. If you are talking about soup, it may not garner a snicker, but yell it at the top of your lungs on a crowded subway platform and see what reaction you get. (Incidentally, if you do decide to try this, make sure you are ready to take a bullet… the noodle haters are everywhere.) Below is a short list of words that are funny for no reason:
It is my belief that many languages have much the same quality, but in different ways. For example, Japan seems to have words that mean good, and the more of them you can jam into a title or name, the better. So you end up with Super Happy Fun Time Ultra Crunch Go! Cereal instead of corn flakes, and Good Good Power Spirit Sturdy Helmet Thumb Gazette instead of The Times. The same sort of lexical arithmetic goes here in America. Spongebob Squarepants would probably not have gotten the following it has today if it was called Robert Loofah. There is a dark side to the issue, though. For example, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills was essentially the same show as Power Rangers. Power rangers took the world by storm. TTAFFBH, not so much. If I were on the creative team behind TTAFFBH, I would have just went all out. Young Adults Between The Ages Of Twelve And Twenty Who Hail From An Upscale Californian Town And Engage In Hand To Hand Combat With Extra Terrestrial Entities While Bearing Permanent Skin Ornamentation. YABTAOTATWHFAUCTAEIHTHCWETEWBPSO would have been a hit the world over, and it is more politically correct.